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Genomics-driven development of drought-tolerant wheat cultivars

PROJECT LEAD(S)/CO-LEAD(S) Marcus Samuel (University of Calgary)
COMPETITION/ FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Genome Alberta - Alberta Applied Agriculture Genomics Program
PROJECT START DATE January 1, 2019
PROJECT END DATE March 31, 2022

In wheat, reduced seed yield and quality often occurs due to drought stress resulting in lower germination, net photosynthesis, and biomass. To survive drought stress, plants utilize various physiological responses including those governed by hormonal signaling pathways. The goal of this project is to harness genetic technologies that aim to manipulate hormonal signaling in wheat to develop new, improved, abiotic stress-resistant wheat varieties. With validation and propagation, the improved performance of the mutant lines identified would substantially improve wheat yield and financial stability of wheat farmers to ensure resilient agriculture-based economies in Canada.

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