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:

Current research projects at Saskatoon
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000024 Borhan, Hossein Survey of Brassica napus germplasm for resistance to blackleg disease $332,000.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000030 Tomasiewicz, Dale Techniques for improving canola stand establishment for irrigated conditions $73,600.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000050 Soolanayakanahally, Raju Emerging commodity-based agroforestry crops $955,677.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000222 Blackshaw, Robert Glyphosate/AMPA soil residues and their potential effect on crop productivity in western Canada $467,300.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000318 Leeson, Julia Developing the next generation of IPM tools – Mobile applications for pest identification, monitoring and forecasting for sustainable and profitable crop production $210,577.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000342 Peng, Gary Characterization and development of new resistant sources for sustainable management of clubroot in canola $660,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000343 Gossen, Bruce Management of clubroot in a dynamic environment $134,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000345 Gossen, Bruce Clubroot surveillance and epidemiology: Staying ahead of an important canola issue $132,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000556 Gossen, Bruce Pea Root Rot $562,030.00 2013-04-01 2018-01-31
J-000571 Peng, Gary Analysis and monitoring of Leptosphaeria maculans race dynamics in Saskatchewan $260,950.00 2013-06-24 2017-07-30
J-000575 Peng, Gary Analysis and monitoring of Leptosphaeria maculans race dynamics in western Canada $124,000.00 2013-07-29 2017-07-30
J-000999 Svendsen, Erl Refining and making accessible to growers a validated dynamic action threshold for cereal aphid control in cereal crops $133,800.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001013 Katepa-Mupondwa, Felicitas Making natural C-genome variation accessible for canola improvement $253,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001054 Yu, Fengqun Developing near isogenic brassica napus lines for differentiating pathotypes of Plasmodiophora brassicae (ADF – Cofunded) $263,999.70 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001177 Derdall, Evan Development of a decision support tool to promote the increased adoption of irrigation scheduling technologies in the prairie provinces for maximized crop production $109,000.00 2015-10-01 2018-03-31
J-001214 Yu, Fengqun Identification and genetic mapping of Brassica napus for resistance to pathotype 5X of Plasmodiophora brassicae $271,673.52 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001226 Peng, Gary Understanding the mechanisms for race-specific and non-race specific resistance for effective use of cultivar resistance against blackleg of canola in western Canada $223,789.57 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001230 Gossen, Bruce Using genetic similarity to assess the origin of populations of Plasmodiophora brassicae on canola on the Canadian prairies $170,773.94 2015-11-17 2018-03-31
J-001233 Vail, Sally To germinate or not to germinate? – Towards understanding the role dormancy plays in canola seed and seedling vigour and stand establishment $400,000.00 2015-10-19 2018-03-31
J-001286 Fu, Yong-Bi Mining soybean germplasm collection through genotyping-by-sequencing and phenotyping to enhance germplasm utilization $105,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001342 Houston, Bill Development of field scale practices for establishing and producing AC Saltlander green wheatgrass to improve agricultural productivity of saline areas in the prairies $97,650.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001365 Wahab, Jazeem Nitrogen and water management effects on agronomic, economic, performance and environmental impacts in potato-based cropping sequence $195,665.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001379 Peng, Gary Developing durable clubroot resistance against pathotype 5X based on the action modes and deployment of resistance genes  $216,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001382 Yu, Fengqun Developing SNP arrays for characterizing Leptosphaeria maculans populations based on a large collection of Canadian isolates $196,100.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001384 Soolanayakanahally, Raju Phosphorus enriched lignocellulosic biochar as a strategy for increasing crop productivity and enhancing environmental performance $246,897.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-30
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 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001406 Lemke, Reynald Improving the yield-scaled greenhouse gas intensity of grain crop production on the Canadian prairies $201,515.00 2016-05-01 2019-03-31
J-001535 Leeson, Julia Manitoba general and herbicide-resistant weed surveys $30,434.57 2016-04-01 2018-02-15
J-001579 Hegedus, Dwayne Camelina sativa as a 21st century Clean Energy crop for Canada $370,000.00 2017-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001581 Erlandson, Martin Gene-for-gene mediated resistance to midge in canola and wheat  $211,000.00 2017-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001582 Rozwadowski, Kevin Advanced genomics strategies to capture novel genetic diversity for oilseed crop improvement $1,073,510.00 2017-04-01 2019-03-31
*: 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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