Research projects (Saskatoon Research and Development Centre)
The Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (Saskatoon RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant to four of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.
Saskatoon RDC is one of Canada’s National Oilseed Research Centres of Excellence. Research in agronomy, crop management and variety development fosters new areas of opportunity and keeps the oilseed sector competitive.
New crops adapted to the prairies (Brassica carinata and Camelina sativa) are creating novel products and expanding markets for oilseed crops. Improving food, feed and industrial quality characteristics of Brassica and related species is establishing new crop platforms for bioproducts and biofuels and supporting the emerging global bioeconomy.
Agro-ecosystem productivity and health
Research aims to enhance the environmental performance and sustainability of oilseed production systems. This includes the development of land and crop management practices to improve productivity and efficiency, irrigation strategies and our fundamental understanding of nutrient dynamics in agro-ecosystems.
Biodiversity and bioresources
Plant and animal germplasm is acquired and characterized to identify superior characteristics for use in science and breeding programs. This includes:
- Characterizing ecological and evolutionary processes relevant to agricultural crops to ensure efficient conservation of genetic diversity of cultivated plants of relevance for Canada and their wild relatives to prevent genetic erosion.
- Acquiring and characterizing material for plant breeders for existing and new crops; screening germplasm relevant to Canada for disease resistance; characterizing plants with improved traits such as resistance to diseases and drought; development and refinement of techniques for successful conservation of animal germplasm from different livestock spps.
|Project number||Lead researcher||Project title||Budget*||Duration: start||Duration: end|
|J-001286||Fu, Yong-Bi||Mining soybean germplasm collection through genotyping-by-sequencing and phenotyping to enhance germplasm utilization||$105,000.00||4/1/2016||3/31/2019|
|J-001365||Wahab, Jazeem||Nitrogen and water management effects on agronomic, economic, performance and environmental impacts in potato-based cropping sequence||$195,665.00||4/1/2016||3/29/2019|
|J-001379||Peng, Gary||Developing durable clubroot resistance against pathotype 5X based on the action modes and deployment of resistance genes||$216,000.00||4/1/2016||3/31/2019|
|J-001382||Yu, Fengqun||Developing single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays for characterizing Leptosphaeria maculans populations based on a large collection of Canadian isolates||$196,100.00||4/1/2016||3/31/2019|
|J-001384||Soolanayakanahally, Raju||Phosphorus enriched lignocellulosic biochar as a strategy for increasing crop productivity and enhancing environmental performance||$246,897.00||4/1/2016||3/30/2019|
|J-001394||Derdall, Evan||Improved adoption and management of Variable Rate Irrigation technology through the development of practical prescription writing and management protocols||$174,553.00||4/1/2016||3/31/2019|
|J-001406||Lemke, Reynald||Improving the yield-scaled greenhouse gas intensity of grain crop production on the Canadian prairies||$201,515.00||5/1/2016||3/31/2019|
|J-001579||Hegedus, Dwayne||Camelina sativa as a 21st century clean energy crop for Canada||$370,000.00||4/1/2017||3/31/2019|
|J-001581||Erlandson, Martin||Gene-for-gene mediated resistance to midge in canola and wheat||$211,000.00||4/1/2017||3/31/2019|
|J-001582||Rozwadowski, Kevin||Advanced genomics strategies to capture novel genetic diversity for oilseed crop improvement||$1,073,510.00||4/1/2017||3/31/2019|
|J-001589||Mupondwa, Edmund||Development and sustainable integration of agricultural crop residues and dedicated feedstock crops into Canada’s clean energy and bioproducts sector||$1,500,000.00||4/1/2017||3/31/2020|
|J-001714||Parkin, Isobel||Impact of genome ploidy on the plant's response to stress||$135,000.00||4/2/2018||3/31/2020|
|J-001747||Tanko, Hakibu||Crop coefficient development for canola and dry bean in Saskatchewan to improve yield and water use efficiency||$221,848.00||12/5/2017||8/5/2021|
|J-001801||Vankosky, Meghan||Evaluating the risk of alien invasions by insect pests in Canada using CLIMEX/DYMEX models||$179,630.00||4/1/2018||3/31/2021|
|J-001811||Smith, Mark||Reducing bioenergy feedstock costs by enhancing oil production in Camelina sativa||$129,800.00||4/2/2018||3/31/2021|
|J-001820||Yu, Fengqun||Defining populations of Plasmodiophora brassicae with near isogenic Brassica napus lines||$284,499.01||4/1/2018||10/15/2021|
|J-001843||Boyetchko, Susan||Biopesticides as a novel technology using agricultural biologicals for protection of Sclerotinia in canola and oilseed Brassicas||$120,005.00||4/1/2018||3/31/2021|
|J-001993||Vankosky, Meghan||Coordinated monitoring of field crop pests in the prairie ecosystem||$547,008.00||4/1/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002016||Eynck, Christina||Development of improved varieties of camelina for the Canadian Prairies||$1,204,792.30||4/1/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002020||Mooleki, Patrick||Reducing toxicity of seed-placed phosphorus fertilizer in oilseed crops||$284,000.02||4/1/2018||3/31/2021|
|J-002021||Boyetchko, Susan||Biopesticides as a novel management strategy for sclerotinia in canola||$598,040.00||5/1/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002028||Cheng, Bifang||Germplasm and variety development of condiment mustard for improved yield and quality||$1,093,400.04||4/1/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002029||Eynck, Christina||Identifying and developing herbicide-tolerant germplasm for carinata and yellow mustard||$828,671.33||4/1/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002030||Parkin, Isobel||Developing carinata varieties and hybrids for drier Canadian Prairies with key traits using molecular breeding tools as a preferred industrial oilseed platform||$1,393,000.01||4/2/2018||3/31/2023|
|J-002032||Wanasundara, Janitha||Defining functional protein, mucilage and fibre value of yellow mustard for the food industry||$395,814.05||4/2/2018||3/31/2023|
|*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.|
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