The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) will lead the next five-year Canadian National Barley Research Cluster on behalf of Canadian barley farmers and industry. The BCC is currently working with potential funders, potential research applicants, other commodity clusters, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to develop a solid foundation from which to create an application once the new framework and programs are announced.

The Alberta Barley Commission has already received a grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program (AIP). They will receive up to $8 million to fund a national barley research cluster April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2018.

The goal of the cluster project is to accelerate the development of all classes of barley varieties through the adoption of best practices in technology, agronomic methods, crop management, breeding and genetic techniques, and the development of new value-added market applications.

Alberta Barley, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI), Rahr Malting Canada and the Atlantic Grains Council contributed up to an additional $3 million into the cluster project.

AgriInnovation Program: National Barley Cluster (2013-2018)
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Activity 2: Breeding two-row malting barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. W.G. Legge, Scientist, Barley Breeding and Genetics, AAFC

$949,255
Activity 3: Breeding two-row barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. W.G. Legge, Scientist, Barley Breeding and Genetics, AAFC

$185,248
Activity 4: Breeding six-row malting barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. Ana Badea, Research Scientist, Barley Breeding, AAFC

$536,698
Activity 5: Breeding two-row hulless food barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. Ana Badea, Research Scientist, Barley Breeding, AAFC

$628,269
Activity 6: Breeding dual-purpose forage/feed barley for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. Ana Badea, Research Scientist, Barley Breeding, AAFC

$210,069
Activity 7: Developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight for Western Canada
Dr. W.G. Legge, Scientist, Barley Breeding and Genetics, AAFC

$713,489
Activity 8: Improving malting barley production in Eastern Canada, cultivar and germplasm development
Dr. Thin-Meiw Choo, Research Scientist, AAFC

$83,000
Activity 9: Improving malting barley production in Eastern Canada through disease resistance to Fusarium head blight and foliar diseases
Dr. Richard Martin, Research Scientist, AAFC

$62,250
Activity 10: Identification and development of barley germplasm and varieties with resistance to multiple diseases
Dr. T. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist, AAFC

$396,029
Activity 11: Breeding two-row feed and malting barley varieties
Dr. Aaron Beattie, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

$738,002
Activity 12: Breeding hulless malting and food barley varieties
Dr. Aaron Beattie, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

$182,415
Activity 13: Association mapping for agronomic traits in two-row barley
Dr. Aaron Beattie, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

$218,445
Activity 14: Scald-resistance gene mapping and breeding
Dr. Aaron Beattie, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

$96,052
Activity 15: Development and commercialization of SNP marker technology for rapid identification of malting barley varieties
Dr. Aaron Beattie, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan $518,289

Activity 16: Enhancing selection for malting quality in two-row and hulless barley
Dr. Patricia Juskiw, Barley Breeder, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

$641,016
Activity 17: Feed and malting barley: linking enzymes to disease resistance
Dr. Jennifer Zantinge, Research Scientist, Molecular Biology, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

$222,000
Activity 18: Effect of rate and timing of a pre-harvest glyphosate application on seed germination, yield and quality of malting barley
Dr. John O’Donovan, Research Scientist, AAFC

$276,986
Activity 19: Effect of plant growth regulator application on yield and quality of malting barley
Dr. John O’Donovan, Research Scientist, AAFC

$413,974
Activity 20: Quality and yield response of malting barley varieties to increasing nitrogen rates
Dr. John O’Donovan, Research Scientist, AAFC

$408,845
Activity 21: Effect of seeding rate and nitrogen rate on beta-glucan levels of hulless barley varieties across various soil and climatic zones in Western Canada
Dr. John O’Donovan, Research Scientist, AAFC

$349,424
Activity 22: Development of alternative, sustainable, reduced-input strategies for crop and pest management and their impact on silage quality and feed value
Dr. T. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist, AAFC

$390,175
Activity 23: Development of improved cultural practices for malting barley production in Eastern Canada
Dr. Aaron Mills, Research Scientist, AAFC

$202,573
Activity 24: Assessment of pathogen variation for scald, net blotch, stripe rust and common root rot/spot blotch pathogens in response to geographic location, host genotype, host growth stage and specific host issues
Dr. T. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist, AAFC

$292,339
Activity 25: The impact of seed treatments and foliar fungicides and their interaction with variety resistance and plant growth regulators on barley productivity and quality
Dr. T. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist, AAFC

$585,724
Activity 26: Impact of microbial communities on malt properties in commercial malting
Dr. Tom Graefenhan, Research Scientist, Mycologist, Canadian Grain Commission & Dr. T. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist, AAFC

$827,381
Activity 27: The effect of barley beta-glucan on human glycemic response: a meta-analysis
Dr. Nancy Ames, Research Scientist, AAFC

$16,600
Activity 28: Optimization of primary processing protocols to improve whole-grain barley product nutrition, safety and flavour
Dr. Nancy Ames, Research Scientist, AAFC

$265,081