Cereal Research Centre

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Morden, Manitoba

The Cereal Research Centre, Morden, Manitoba

The Cereal Research Centre (CRC), located in Morden, Manitoba, is part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national network of 19 research centres. The CRC focuses on the development of technologies that enhance profitability and environment sustainability as well as contribute to the health and wellness of Canadians. Supported by a unique human nutrition platform, the centre is dedicated to the development of superior varieties of high quality and disease resistant cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops that minimize producer risks and enhance opportunities in sustainable crop systems.

The CRC is associated with two satellite locations: the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

The centre leads research in six areas:

  • Cereal diseases
  • Cereal germplasm and genomics
  • Flax and Eastern Prairie Pulse crop germplasm
  • Human nutrition, food health attributes, and functional foods;
  • Bioprospection from bioresources: cereals, pulses, and oilseeds
  • Grain and grain products storage research

Areas of Research

At the Cereal Research Centre (CRC), Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM), and Morden Research Station researchers are using applied science and new technologies to help make Canada a world leader in food safety, innovation and environmentally responsible cereal, oilseed and pulse crop production and storage.

The Centre’s areas of core research are aligned with national priorities to help the sector adapt and remain competitive in domestic and global markets. Greater participation in research networks and industry-led partnerships expands the Centre’s innovation capacity.

Enhancing the quality of food and safety of the food system, security and protection of the food supply, economic benefits for all stakeholders, and environmental performance of the Canadian agricultural system

  • Developing guidelines for storing grain safely, as well as environmentally sound options to more effectively control insects and microflora in stored grain and grain products
  • Exploring the development of new varieties of cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops that will have higher yields, resistance to disease, improved quality and greater tolerance to environmental stresses
  • Providing end-use quality testing for cereal breeders and research centers in western Canada
  • Identifying new sources of disease and insect resistance in cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops
  • Conducting research on the various factors that affect the health of plants, the genetics and physiology of plant diseases and the cause and control of diseases such as Fusarium Head Blight, leaf, stem and crown rusts, smuts, viruses and leaf spot diseases in cereals; flax rust, Fusarium wilt, powdery mildew, Pasmo in flax; sclerotinia, rust, verticillium wilt and downy mildew in sunflower; and Anthracnose, bacterial blight, white mould Mycosphaerella blight, and root rot in pulse crops
  • Evaluating wheat, barley and oat lines for milling and baking quality, and barley malting quality
  • Identifying and cloning genes responsible for quality traits and disease resistance
  • Studying the protein and starch contained in cereals, the physical factors that affect baking, pasta and noodle making, and oat quality
  • Enhancing human health and wellness through food, nutrition and innovative products
  • CCARM has a mandate to investigate health-related effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals (FFN) and to develop reliable, scientific, evidence-based information concerning FFN's. Target diseases include diabetes/obesity, cardiovascular disease and immune disorders.
    Anthracnose – Colletotrichum lindemuthianum
    Common bacterial blight – Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli
    Root Rot – Rhizoctonia solani and Fusarium spp.
    White mould – Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Field peas

Mycosphaerella blight – Mycosphaerella pinodes
Root rot – Rhizoctonia solani and Fusarium spp.

Facts, Figures and Facilities

  • Main laboratories are on the campus of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Field research carried out at Glenlea, Manitoba, a 103 hectare site 12 km south of Winnipeg and at the Morden Research Station, a 260 hectare site 95 km southwest of Winnipeg
  • Research on health benefits of Canadian crops are carried out at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM), located at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre and at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Neutracuticals located at the University of Manitoba
  • The Morden Research Station operates the first Plant Pest Containment (PPC 3) biocontainment facility in Canada for research on plant pathogens.

Contact Us

101 Route 100, Unit 100
Morden, Manitoba
R6M 1Y5
Tel.: 204-822-7556
Fax: 204-822-7507

Associate Director, Research, Development, and Technology (RDT): David Wall
Tel.: 204-983-0099
Email: david.wall@agr.gc.ca

Director, Research, Development, and Technology (RDT): Johanne Boisvert
Tel.: 204-983-0466
Email: johanne.boisvert@agr.gc.ca


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