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-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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