Genetic and epigenetic variants of Canadian cereal crops for breeding and functional analysis


Funding period: 2017-2019
Lead: Nick Tinker
Total GRDI funding: $1,072,000

Soybean is the third largest field crop in Canada with 5.5 million acres planted in 2016. Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec are the major producers. Biotic stresses caused by the pathogens Phytophthora sojae, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, soybean mosaic virus, and soybean cyst nematode are among the major disease risks and result in losses to productivity and income. AAFC is addressing these issues through a multidisciplinary approach by building on previous AAFC-GRDI funded projects using the latest technologies in genomics, metabolite and transcript profiling, and gene editing (e.g. CRISPR/CAS technology).

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