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1 The University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre Presentation to Sask Flax Development Commission Dorothy Murrell Managing Director, CDC January.

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1 1 The University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre Presentation to Sask Flax Development Commission Dorothy Murrell Managing Director, CDC January 12, 2009 Crop Development Centre

2 2 The Crop Development Centre is a field crop research organization which seeks to improve economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of western Canada by improving existing crops, creating new uses for traditional crops, and developing new crops. Crop Development Centre

3 3 Or: all great ideas boil down to hard work.

4 4 History of CDC Began in 1971 at the U of S with funding from National Research Council and Saskatchewan Agriculture Core group in 70s included Ron Bhatty, Larry Gusta, Al Slinkard, Gordon Rowland, Brian Fowler, John Burdall, Brian Rossnagel Formed to provide long term and continuous genetic improvement to the farmers of Saskatchewan Focused on existing and new crop development, with a strong agronomic and extension component Has continued to the present day on SMA base funding, funding from private and public sources, & infrastructure support from U of S Crop Development Centre

5 5 CDC Scientists Sabine Banniza –Pulse pathologist Pierre Hucl –Bread wheat & canaryseed breeder Curt McCartney –Cereal pathologist Curtis Pozniak –Durum & high yielding wheat breeder Gordon Rowland –Flax breeder Brian Rossnagel –Barley and oat breeder Tom Warkentin –Pea breeder Bunyamin Taran (SPG) –Chickpea breeder Bert Vandenberg (AFIF Chair) –Lentil and bean breeder Crop Development Centre

6 6 Related Scientists Kirstin Bett (U of S) –Bean breeder Bob Bors (U of S) –Small fruit breeder Ravi Chibbar (Canada Research Chair) –Genomics, Carbohydrates Bruce Coulman (U of S) –Forage breeder Brian Fowler (U of S) –Winter wheat breeder Bryan Harvey (Prof. Emeritus) –Six-row barley breeder Rick Holm (U of S) –Weed Scientist Mike Nickerson (SMA Research Chair) –Protein Quality & Utilization Xiao Qiu –Lipids Martin Reaney (SMA Research Chair) –Lipids Graham Scoles (U of S) –Molecular Geneticist Steve Shirtliffe (U of S) –Agronomist Bob Tyler (U of S) –Grain Scientist Crop Development Centre

7 7 CDC General Breeding Goals High yield Disease resistance Appropriate maturity Lodging resistance End-use quality to meet industry standards Specialty traits Crop Development Centre

8 8 CDC Outputs Varieties Germplasm Technology Basic research and pre-breeding Training – undergraduate and graduate programs, technical Technology transfer Crop Development Centre

9 9 Partnership: the relationship between two or more people or organizations that are involved in the same activity cooperation between people or groups working together an organization formed by two or more people or groups who work together for some purpose a company set up by two or more people who put money into the business and share the financial risks and profits Crop Development Centre

10 10 CDC Partnerships Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture base funding of 21.5% Other funding from: –ADF, NSERC, Genome Prairie, CFI, U of S –Sask Pulse Growers, WGRF, SFDC, SCDC, SODC; Ducks Unlimited, Alberta Pulse Growers –BASF, Brandt Industries, CanOat, Canterra Seeds, Cargill, FP Genetics, Grain Millers, Morris Industries, Paterson Grain, Parrish & Heimbecker, Prairie Malt, Quaker, Sapporo, SeCan, Viterra –40:40:20 ratio Crop Development Centre

11 11 Flax A strong western Canadian success story 40% of world production $300 million to farm gate annually CDC Program 70% of acres CDC Vimy, CDC Bethune, CDC Sorrel CDC Bethune $472 million Long term partnerships with growers, seed companies, provincial government Crop Development Centre

12 12 Flax New developments Increased focus on basic science: molecular mapping and marker development for seed quality, straw fibre and agronomic traits A search for yield Specialty oil breeding – high oleic, high and low linolenic acids Herbicide tolerance discussion All based on research and funding partnerships across institutional and political boundaries Crop Development Centre

13 13 Flax Partnerships Research and breeding projects are all based on partnerships across institutional, sector and political boundaries Sask Flax Development Commission SeCan NAFGEN (ABIP) NAPGEN (PBI) TUFGEN (Genome Canada) Crop Development Centre

14 14 Maintain and increase the economic value of western Canadas flax industry –Oil –Fibre –Nutraceutical / functional –Food and Feed Crop Development Centre Flax Opportunities

15 15 Agronomics – yield, weed control Local and global competition Adhoc Project Funding –Slow decision making –Administrative burden and cost Crop Development Centre Flax Challenges

16 16 CDC Grains Innovation Lab Crop Development Centre

17 17 Crop Development Centre Creating superior genetics for western Canadian farmers Crop Development Centre


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