2015 CARP Funded Projects

2015 CARP Funded Projects

 

2015.6 - Identification and genetic mapping of Brassica napus for resistance to pathotype 5X of Plasmodiophora brassicae

Objective: The objectives of this research are to: i) identify new sources of B. napus for resistance to pathotype 5X; ii) study the inheritance of clubroot resistance (CR) in the new sources of B. napus; iii) map CR genes genetically in the new sources of B. napus; iv) develop robust SNP markers tightly linked to the CR genes for use in marker assisted breeding; v) facilitate the rapid incorporation of multiple CR genes into elite canola breeding lines.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Fengqun Yu, AAFC Saskatoon

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, Manitoba Canola Growers, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

2015.12 - Understanding the mechanisms for race-specific and non-specific resistance for effective use of cultivar resistance against blackleg of canola in western Canada

Objective: The overall goal is to understand the mechanisms of blackleg resistance associated with specific and non-specific resistance genes in representative canola cultivars/germplasms to provide science-based guidelines for accurate assessment and optimal use of different types of host resistance against blackleg disease of canola in Western Canada.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Peng, AAFC Saskatoon

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, Manitoba Canola Growers, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

2015.14 - Characterization of the new strains of the clubroot pathogen in Alberta

Objective: The primary objective of this project is to mitigate the risk posed to the agricultural industry by the emergence of new strains of Plasmodiophora brassicae able to overcome the resistance in "clubroot resistant" canola. The project will identify and characterize the strains of P. brassicae that can overcome resistance and identify genetic resources that are not prone to this resistance breakdown. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, Manitoba Canola Growers, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

2015.15 - Using SNP markers to assess genetic variability of Plasmodiophora brassicae in Canada

Objective: The objective of the project is to use assessment of genetic relatedness (based on SNP markers) to answer several important questions related to introduction of lines of P. brassicae that were pathogenic on canola onto the Canadian prairies. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Bruce Gossen, AAFC Saskatoon

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, Manitoba Canola Growers, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

2015.17 - Integrated approaches for flea beetle control - Economic thresholds, prediction models, landscape effects, and natural enemies

Objective: The objectives of this research are to: i) develop descriptive economic thresholds for flea beetles ; ii) identify the suite of natural enemies of flea beetles; iii) define landscape characteristics that limit flea beetle populations and increase mortality of flea beetles by natural enemies; iv) develop models to predict flea beetle emergence and major seasonal activity based on abiotic environmental conditions; v) incorporate all these components into a comprehensive tool and set of management guidelines for canola producers.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alejandro Costamagna, University of Manitoba

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

2015.27 - To germinate or not to germinate? - Towards understanding the role dormancy plays in canola seed and seedling vigour and stand establishment

Objective: The objectives of this research are to: i) establish the relative degree of pod shatter susceptibility or resistance in commercial canola breeding lines or hybrids relative to a diverse set of spring Brassica napus (Bn) lines; ii) define the regions of the spring Bn genome that contribute to both shatter tolerance and shatter susceptibility and investigate the underlying pod physiological structural and biochemistry contributors; iii) explore methodology for characterizing and quantifying in-field shattering.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sally Vail, AAFC Saskatoon

Funding Partners: Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada