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Diverse crop rotations are an important part of sustainable agricultural systems. More information is needed in Alberta on the effects of adding pulse crops to current rotations. This experiment investigated the effects of ‘Snowbird’ tannin-free faba bean (Vicia faba L.), ‘Arabella’ narrow-leafed...
Intercropping systems offer potential benefits relative to monocultures of increased crop yields and improved pest control through physical, chemical, or behavioural interference and the enhancement of natural enemy populations, prompting increased predation and parasitism. Intercrops of canola...
QTL mapping and genetic studies in the Attila x CDC Go spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) mapping populationDownload
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most important staple crops in the world. Wheat breeders in Canada primarily aim to develop cultivars with favored agronomic traits such as short stature, early maturity, high yielding, preferred end-use quality such as high protein content, and at...
Mapping of genomic regions associated with agronomic traits and resistance to diseases in Canadian spring wheatDownload
Wheat breeders, in addition to phenotypic selection, employ molecular markers in their programs for different purposes, including parental selection, quality control, analysis of advanced lines (cultivars), on genetic purity and identity, and for markers assisted selection. In the first study of...
Genetic variation for nitrogen use efficiency in Canada Western Red Spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under conventional and organic management systemsDownload
Improved nitrogen use efficiency in cereal-based agricultural systems can contribute to increasing grain production while reducing agriculture-related pollution caused by nitrogen leaching, volatilization and denitrification. Organic agriculture differs to conventional systems in terms of in...
Efficiency is important in wheat breeding programs. A series of studies were conducted to determine genetic differentials, map genomic regions affecting various agronomic and quality traits in conventional and organic management systems and to improve doubled haploid (DH) technology in spring...
Weeds promote greater arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi benefit in organically managed spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivation systemDownload
Weeds appear to enhance soil microbial benefit in organic agricultuer. We examined effects of weed and microbial effects on spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) yield and quality under organic management systems. Canadian spring wheat cultivars were planted in weed-free and weedy treatments in...
Investigation on the uptake of functional proteins and infectious prions into wheat plants through the root systemDownload
Prions are the proteinaceous particle responsible for infections in a class of neurodegenerative diseases. These diseases affect a number of mammals including cervids where it is termed Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Prions enter the environment and persist for years. Plants have the ability to...
Proteomic analysis of wheat (Triticum aestivum) whole roots and cell walls under water-deficit stressDownload
Wheat plants are affected by water-deficit stress in various regions of the world resulting in reduced crop productivity and thus decreased food production. To better understand the protein changes of water-deficit stress in wheat roots, comparative proteomics was performed using 2D gel...
Design and analysis of population demographic experiments for use in environmental risk assessments for genetically modified cropsDownload
Genetically modified crops with putative fitness-enhancing traits are being field-tested throughout Canada and the world, but robust methods with which to compare their fitness with conventional cultivars are lacking. Additionally, field analyses of GM crops in non-agricultural areas are...