Presentation on theme: "The University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre"— Presentation transcript:
1 The University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre Presentation to Sask Flax Development CommissionDorothy MurrellManaging Director, CDCJanuary 12, 2009
2 The Crop Development Centre is a field crop research organization which seeks to improve economic returns for farmersand the agriculture industry of western Canadaby improving existing crops,creating new uses for traditional crops,and developing new crops.
3 Or: all great ideas boil down to hard work. Crop Development CentreOr: all great ideas boil down to hard work.
4 Crop Development Centre History of CDCBegan in 1971 at the U of S with funding from National Research Council and Saskatchewan AgricultureCore group in 70s included Ron Bhatty, Larry Gusta, Al Slinkard, Gordon Rowland, Brian Fowler, John Burdall, Brian RossnagelFormed to provide long term and continuous genetic improvement to the farmers of SaskatchewanFocused on existing and new crop development, with a strong agronomic and extension componentHas continued to the present day on SMA base funding, funding from private and public sources, & infrastructure support from U of S
5 CDC Scientists Sabine Banniza Brian Rossnagel Pulse pathologist Crop Development CentreCDC ScientistsSabine BannizaPulse pathologistPierre HuclBread wheat & canaryseed breederCurt McCartneyCereal pathologistCurtis PozniakDurum & high yieldingwheat breederGordon RowlandFlax breederBrian RossnagelBarley and oat breederTom WarkentinPea breederBunyamin Tar’an (SPG)Chickpea breederBert Vandenberg (AFIF Chair)Lentil and bean breeder
6 Related Scientists Kirstin Bett (U of S) Bean breeder Crop Development CentreRelated ScientistsKirstin Bett (U of S)Bean breederBob Bors (U of S)Small fruit breederRavi Chibbar (Canada Research Chair)Genomics, CarbohydratesBruce Coulman (U of S)Forage breederBrian Fowler (U of S)Winter wheat breederBryan Harvey (Prof. Emeritus)Six-row barley breederRick Holm (U of S)Weed ScientistMike Nickerson (SMA Research Chair)Protein Quality & UtilizationXiao QiuLipidsMartin Reaney (SMA Research Chair)Graham Scoles (U of S)Molecular GeneticistSteve Shirtliffe (U of S)AgronomistBob Tyler (U of S)Grain Scientist
7 General Breeding Goals Crop Development CentreCDCGeneral Breeding GoalsHigh yieldDisease resistanceAppropriate maturityLodging resistanceEnd-use quality to meet industry standardsSpecialty traits
8 CDC Outputs Varieties Germplasm Technology Crop Development CentreCDC OutputsVarietiesGermplasmTechnologyBasic research and pre-breedingTraining – undergraduate and graduate programs, technicalTechnology transfer
9 Crop Development Centre “Partnership:the relationship between two or more people or organizations that are involved in the same activitycooperation between people or groups working togetheran organization formed by two or more people or groups who work together for some purposea company set up by two or more people who put money into the business and share the financial risks and profits”
10 Crop Development Centre CDC PartnershipsSaskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture base funding of 21.5%Other funding from:ADF, NSERC, Genome Prairie, CFI, U of SSask Pulse Growers, WGRF, SFDC, SCDC, SODC; Ducks Unlimited, Alberta Pulse GrowersBASF, Brandt Industries, CanOat, Canterra Seeds, Cargill, FP Genetics, Grain Millers, Morris Industries, Paterson Grain, Parrish & Heimbecker, Prairie Malt, Quaker, Sapporo, SeCan, Viterra40:40:20 ratio
11 Flax CDC Program A strong western Canadian success story Crop Development CentreFlaxA strong western Canadian success story40% of world production$300 million to farm gate annuallyCDC Program70% of acresCDC Vimy, CDC Bethune, CDC SorrelCDC Bethune $472 millionLong term partnerships with growers, seed companies, provincial government
12 Crop Development Centre FlaxNew developmentsIncreased focus on basic science: molecular mapping and marker development for seed quality, straw fibre and agronomic traitsA search for yieldSpecialty oil breeding – high oleic, high and low linolenic acidsHerbicide tolerance discussionAll based on research and funding partnerships across institutional and political boundaries
13 Crop Development Centre Flax PartnershipsResearch and breeding projects are all based on partnerships across institutional, sector and political boundariesSask Flax Development CommissionSeCanNAFGEN (ABIP)NAPGEN (PBI)TUFGEN (Genome Canada)
14 Crop Development Centre Flax OpportunitiesMaintain and increase the economic value of western Canada’s flax industryOilFibreNutraceutical / functionalFood and Feed
15 Flax Challenges Agronomics – yield, weed control Crop Development CentreFlax ChallengesAgronomics – yield, weed controlLocal and global competitionAdhoc Project FundingSlow decision makingAdministrative burden and cost
16 Crop Development Centre CDCGrains Innovation Lab
17 Crop Development Centre Creating superior geneticsfor western Canadian farmers
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