Current and Completed Research

2020

Contrasting fungicide applications and genetic fusarium head blight resistance for enhanced yield and quality of barley

2020-2023

SaskBarley investment: $118,414

Funding partners: Western Grains Research Foundation

This project will 1) Investigate potential economic merits of contrasting foliar fungicide strategies in barley application, ands 2) Investigate potential for foliar fungicide applications and genetic FHB resistance to enhance end use quality of barley.

Integration of new molecular markers to develop pre-harvest sprouting tolerant cereals

2020-2023

SaskBarley investment: $20,488

Funding partners: Western Grains Research Foundation, Alberta Barley Commission, Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission

This research will explore PHS-associated AGO4_9 class genes in Canadian wheat & barley varieties. Generate gene-specific reliable molecular marker for efficient use in marker assisted breeding of PHS resistance.

Barley lodging: Getting to the root of the problem

2020-2023

SaskBarley investment: $47,804

Funding partners: Western Grains Research Foundation, Alberta Barley Commission

The objectives of this project are to: 1) Evaluate root system architecture in barley cultivars varying for lodging resistance; 2) Evaluate stem and root lodging in field trials; 3) Assess correlation between various root phenotyping methods; 4) Compare RSA in Canadian barley germplasm to diverse set of barley germplasm.

Enhancing the in vitro selection toolbox to develop Fusarium head blight resistant doubled haploid wheat and barley

2020-2023

SaskBarley investment: $104,291

Funding partners: Western Grains Research Foundation, Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission

This project will aim to develop FHB resistant lines DH breeder lines for common wheat & barley by IVS.

2019

Malt versus Feed Barley Management (Resubmission with variety and N change)

2019-2020

SaskBarley investment: $34,960

This project will aim to demonstrate that newer malt varieties can provide comparable yield to the best feed varieties; demonstrate the importance of adequate plant populations for yield and malt acceptance; and demonstrate the differences in N management for malt vs feed barley.

Searching for resistance to stripe rust and Fusarium head blight in barley (Hordeum spp.)

2019-2021

SaskBarley investment: $70,000

This project will screen part of the Plant Gene Resources of Canada (PGRC) barley collection of accessions and Crop Development Centre (CDC) breeding lines for stripe rust resistance.

Technician support for barley feed grain research

2019-2024

SaskBarley investment: $250,000

This funding will provide partial support for a technician position to assist in the implementation of research projects to further the use of barley grain in livestock feed rations.

Maintaining a competitive edge in China: Understanding quality needs of Chinese brewing sector and the competition

2019

SaskBarley investment: $49,000

The goal of this research is to gain a better understanding of changes occurring in the Chinese beer sector; ask companies to provide perspective on current and future demands for quality from suppliers. 2) assess the quality of key Australian malting barley varieties being shipped to China and conduct brewing/malting trials for comparative purposes.

Optimizing protein blending ratio of high protein and low protein barley to minimize its negative impact on malting and brewing performance

2019

SaskBarley investment: $47,000

The objectives of this project are to: 1) Investigate protein distribution in commercial barley lot (CQC) and its effect on malt quality; 2) Investigate optimization of protein blending to reduce blending impact on barley’s overall quality by using NIR protein separation and the selective malting trials; 3) Examine the influence of barley blending on malt’s brewing quality by conducting all-malt and the high adjunct brewing trials; 4) Maximize the portion of high protein barley (>13%) in the barley blend to increase selection rate of barley crop.

Feasibility study on Canadian barley to produce Chinese baijiu

2019

SaskBarley investment: $47,000

This is a feasibility study on using Canadian barley (with three varieties) to produce Chinese Baijiu. Objectives include analyzing flavor composition and style characteristics of barley made Baijiu and the differences in flavor composition and style characteristics of the Baijiu made with the three different barley varieties, in order to finally determine the Baijiu process conditions and appropriate basis for selecting suitable barley varieties.

Industrial Research Chair Renewal – Agri-Food Innovation and Sustainability

2019-2023

SaskBarley investment: $50,000

This funding will help provide a targeted and sustained research effort that will endeavour to verify barriers and costs to regulatory delays of agricultural innovation in Canada.

2018

Malt vs. feed barley management

2018

SaskBarley investment: $26,280

This project compares the difference between malt and feed barley varieties and aims to demonstrate that newer malt varieties can provide comparable yields to the best feed varieties.

It also looks at the agronomic factors that go into growing feed versus malt in order to demonstrate basic agronomic practices for newer malt varieties to help barley producers stay competitive in a changing market.

Overall this research will aim to help producers grow malt varieties without sacrificing feed yields if their grain is rejected for malt and give them better options for barley varieties, to help improve their bottom lines.

The Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project Phase 4: Monitoring SOC on commercial direct-seeded fields across Saskatchewan

2018-2019

SaskBarley investment: $10,264

Funding partners: Saskatchewan Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fun, Sask Wheat, SaskOats, SaskFlax, SaskPulse and SaskCanola

Now in its 20th year, the next phase of research for the Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project is the ideal point to add measures of soil organic carbon quality to improve our understanding of the stability and potential future sequestration potential. It is also the ideal time to compare the results with those on conventional small plot experiments and with modelled results using sophisticated models of carbon and nitrogen dynamics.

This phase of research will use the project’s network of 136 benchmarks on commercial farm fields scattered across the agricultural portion of Saskatchewan to investigate the SOC change on actual farm fields.

The end goal of the project will be to help Saskatchewan producers become fully recognized for their actions to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide by increasing soil organic carbon. 

The population structure of Fusarium pathogens of small grain cereals, their distribution and relationship to mycotoxins; Prevalence, population structure and mycotoxins of Fusarium poae affecting small grain cereals in Western Canada

2018-2022

SaskBarley investment: $45,000

Funding partners: WGRF, MWBGA

This research aims to evaluate the Canadian population structure and chemotype dynamics of Fusarium graminearum in cereals and understand the prevalence, population structure and mycotoxins of Fusarium poae affecting small grain cereals in Western Canada.

Overall this research aims to help us further our understanding of fusarium so that we can better manage and prevent it.

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada barley cluster

May 2018 – April 2023

SaskBarley investment: $1.4 million over five years

Funding partners: Alberta Barley, BMBRI, MWBGA, WGRF, CFCRA

We committed $280/year over five years to the second phase of the barley cluster program, a federal program that aims to grow the barley industry by investing in barley research and development activities that bring innovation to the sector and help industry bring the results of research and development to market through adoption/commercialization.In the current phase of the cluster (2013-2017), the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s matched the barley industry’s investment into this research at a ratio of 3:1, contributing $8 million.

More specifically the research will aim to ensure that agronomic productivity and disease resistance improvements are achieved so that barley is a competitive cereal crop choice for producers in rotation with other major crops. It will also aim to ensure that processing quality traits are maintained or improved to satisfy the diverse and evolving end-use customer needs both domestically and internationally.

For a detailed overview of all the CAP Barley Cluster projects, visit www.growbarley.com

2017

Optimizing ruminal fermentation using silage and cereal grain inclusion strategies for backgrounding and finishing steers

April 2017 – March 2019

SaskBarley investment: $21,000

Project overview

Germplasm and variety development of barley for Alberta and Western Canada

June 2017-July 2018

SaskBarley investment: $10,000

Project overview and objectives

Reducing deoxynivalenol (DON) in fusarium infected barley on farm through sorting, physical and chemical treatments

June 2017-May 2018

SaskBarley investment: $25,000

 Project objectives

Strategies to mitigate the negative effect of feeding deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated grains to swine

Ends July 2020

SaskBarley investment: $45,000

Project objectives

Development of market opportunities for new Canadian malting barley varieties in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $20,000

Project overview


Study of the Effects of Fusarium on Malt Quality and DON Formation During Malting Process

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $15,000

Project overview

Study of Beer Flavour Contributed by Barley Varieties

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $5,000

Project overview

Screening new Canadian Malting Barley Varieties for Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS ) and its precursor S-Methylmethionine (DMSP)

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $25,000

Project overview

2016

Control of Japanese brome in barley

May 2016 – December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $55,172.40

Project overview and objectives


Analysis of transcript abundance in two-row malting barley on interaction with Fusarium graminearum chemotypes and its potential application in barley breeding

July 2016-June 2017

SaskBarley investment: $10,000

Project overview

Adoption of new malt barley varieties by malt barley exporters

November 2016-May 2017

SaskBarley investment: $7,500

Final report

2015

Collaborative agreement on barley breeding research

January 2015-December 2019

SaskBarley investment: $450,000

Project overview and objectives


FHB screening of CDC barley selections, 2016-2020

November 2015-November 2020

SaskBarley investment: $150,000

Project overview and objectives