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Total utilization flax genomics

PROJECT LEAD(S)/CO-LEAD(S) Gordon Rowland (University of Saskatchewan) & Sylvie Cloutier (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
COMPETITION/ FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Genome Canada - Applied Genomics Research in Bioproducts or Crops - ABC
PROJECT START DATE October 1, 2009
PROJECT END DATE September 30, 2014

The popularity of flax as a healthy food ingredient continues to increase as does the interest in the industrial uses of its seed and fibre. This project will develop genomic resources, in a short period of time to position flax among all other important crop species. The increased knowledge of flax genetics, genes and markers will be transferred to breeding programs to improve productivity and quality characteristics of both seed and fibre. The results of this knowledge integrated in industry can bring significant economic gains throughout the value chain and be instrumental in the development of test methods to assess fibre quality and expand the bio-composite market.


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