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4DWheat – Diversity, Discovery, Design and Delivery

4DWheat: Diversity, Discovery, Design and Delivery
Wheat is the most important crop for current and future global food security, as it supplies the most calories and proteins to the global population. Wheat is grown on more land area than any other commercial crop. Meeting the challenge of increasing wheat production to match the growing demand for food over the next 20–30 years is of paramount importance. Current yield gains are impressive but will not meet the need of a growing population and may become unsustainable due to lack of genetic diversity in current varieties.

4DWheat will apply the very latest in genomic strategies to address this gap by focusing on two major challenges: enhancing yield and managing producer risk to important diseases. 4DWheat will apply cutting-edge genomics, resulting in strategies to fully capture diversity in wheat breeding. The project will also quantify the current and future value of wheat genetic resources and examine regulatory networks to promote using new breeding technologies.

Quick Facts

  • Project Leader(s):
    • Curtis Pozniak
      (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Sylvie Cloutier
      (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  • Project Manager:

    Raelene Regier

  • Project Value:

    $11.2 million

  • Genome Canada Contribution:

    $4.0 million

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Canadian Wheat Research Coalition, Western Grain Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Alberta Wheat Development Commission, Manitoba Barley and Wheat Development Commission, Government of Saskatchewan, AAFC Partnership, Viterra, Illumina, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade (MEDJCT)

  • Project Status:

    Ongoing (2019 to 2023)

  • Competition:

    Genome Canada 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition
    Genome Prairie, Ontario Genomics; Agriculture

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