Camelina sativa as a 21st century Clean Energy crop for Canada


Funding period: 2017-2019
Lead: Dwayne Hegedus
Total GRDI funding: $370,000

Camelina is being aggressively marketed as a bio-diesel and aviation fuel feedstock. It is a close relative of canola and mustard and is, therefore, amenable to conventional production practices. It grows in marginal soils that are not well-suited for food crops, thus avoiding food vs fuel concerns. This project will explore camelina genetic variation and apply genomic solutions to address limitations in agronomic characteristics, seed and product quality, and undertake studies to provide a clear understanding of the economic opportunity for this emerging clean energy crop. This project is part of a cluster of initiatives aimed at developing camelina for energy purposes. The collective work involves stakeholders at several levels (producers, private sector breeders, seed suppliers, bio-products & bio-fuel suppliers, and rural communities).

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Genomics R&D Initiative