Research Project

Phenotyping barley breeding lines and germplasm for disease resistance

This project is funded by Alberta Barley in collaboration with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the National Barley Research Cluster.

Timeline: 2018-2023

Project lead: Dr. Thomas Kelly Turkington, Lacombe Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Alberta Barley funding: $78,317

Barley production across Canada continues to be threatened by diseases. This research aims to address this by developing disease-resistant barley varieties.  The overall outcome of this research will be varieties with increased disease resistance, which will decrease biotic production risks, improve crop yields and quality, lower production costs, reduce pesticide inputs and ultimately lead to more marketable products.