Disease Management 

Lead researcher: James Tucker, PhD candidate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
Brandon Research and Development Centre
Timeline:  2018-2023 
Total Funding: $2,020,798
Funders: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC): $1,414,558 
  Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF): $230,740
  SaskBarley Development Commission: $175,000
  Alberta Barley: $95,500
  Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI): $90,000
  Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA): $15,000

Barley is a versatile crop grown across Canada for malting, feed, forage and food. However, barley acreage has been declining as it competes with other crops.

In order to stay competitive it is crucial to continually develop new barley varieties that will increase yields while also addressing disease threats and changing environmental, economic and market conditions.

This project aims to improve the competitiveness of malting and food barley varieties for western Canada. The main goals will be developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to fusarium head blight (FHB), stem rust, stripe rust and other biotic stresses and high priority diseases that currently affect barley production. The FHB nursery, which has been run by the Brandon Research and Development Centre for the past 16 years, is a key tool for developing this disease and stress resistant germplasm.