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CTAG – Securing the Future of Wheat in Canada

Securing the Future of Wheat in Canada
Wheat is a staple food crop that contributes about $4 billion annually to the Canadian farm industry and a total value of about $11 billion when value-added food processing is considered. The Canadian Triticum Advancement Through Genomics (CTAG) project is aimed at developing genomic tools and increasing genomic capacity in Canadian wheat breeding programs. Currently, most Canadian breeding programs utilize some genomics technology to improve selection efficiency but the full capabilities of this technology are not being realized. The advent of new genomic sequencing technologies is enabling geneticists and breeders to characterize genes at the most fundamental level – the DNA sequence. The wheat DNA sequence holds the key to genetic improvements that will allow growers to meet increasing demands for high quality food and feed produced in a responsible, sustainable and profitable manner.

The CTAG project represents Canada’s contribution to the sequencing effort led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium. The consortium’s efforts related to the development of genetic platforms in wheat are being conducted in both the public and private sector.

Research ResultsResearch Results
Initiated in July 2011, the CTAG project has four major activities. The preliminary activity will be to generate the first high quality sequence of chromosome 6D in wheat. The second part of this project will be to perform targeted sequencing of Canada’s most important wheat varieties. A comprehensive list of genetic mapping populations has been assembled which, as a third component, will enable the discovery of markers with relevant traits to Canadian wheat breeding programs. The fourth project activity will examine the role of public-private partnerships in wheat genomics and breeding research. This investigation into public-private partnerships is timely because private investment in wheat genomics and breeding is on the rise.
Watch an interview with Project Leader, Dr. Curtis Pozniak – from FCCTV Online.

Notable OutcomesNotable Outcomes
The project team has completed an initial survey sequence of chromosome 6D as part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.
The CTAG project has worked with other international research partners to develop a first generation capture system which will enable the sequencing of targeted genes within the wheat genome.

Quick Facts

  • Project Leader(s):
    • Curtis Pozniak
      (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Pierre Hucl
      (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Project Manager:

    Chris Barker, Genome Prairie

  • Project Value:

    $8.5 Million

  • Genome Canada Contribution:

    $4.1 Million

  • Other Funding Partners:

    $2.9 Million

  • Project Status:

    Ongoing (2011 – 2015)

  • Competition:

    Genome Canada 2010 Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition

Current Projects

2022 - Present

Bison Integrated Genomics (BIG)

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2016-2022

CanCOGeN – Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network

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2021-2024

CPMN – Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network

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2020 - 2022

COV3R – COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response

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2015-2021

CTAG2 – Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics

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2019 to 2023

4DWheat – Diversity, Discovery, Design and Delivery

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2016-2021

EcoToxChip – A toxicogenomics tool for chemical prioritization and environmental management

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2019 - 2023

EVOLVES – Enhancing the Value of Lentil Variation for Ecosystem Survival

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2019 - 2022

FLOWTER – Floating Wetland Treatments to Enhance Remediation

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2016-2022

GENICE II

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2019 - 2023

Genomic ASSETS (Antimicrobial Stewardship Systems from Evidence-based Treatment Strategies) for Livestock

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2016-2022

GENICE: Microbial Genomics for Oil Spill Preparedness in Canada’s Arctic Marine Environment

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2018 - 2021

Improving on-seed survival and performance of legume inoculants using genome shuffling

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