Posted: July 30, 2019
Wheat is the backbone of agriculture in Canada. In 2016, approximately 60 per cent of Canada’s wheat was exported abroad, contributing over $6 billion to the national economy.
University of Alberta professor, Dean Spaner, PhD, with the department of agriculture, life and environmental sciences,developed new high-yield and early maturing wheat varieties that:
- Produce more grain during a short growing season.
- Include improvements in disease resistance.
- Maintain the protein profile.
- Spaner licensed 10 wheat varieties over the last six years.
- Seed suppliers like SeedNet and CANTERRA SEEDS licensed Spaner’s varieties.
TEC Edmonton’s influence:
Through Spaner’s and TEC’s networks, TEC Edmonton marketed the wheat varieties, demonstrated its benefits and licensed the varieties to well-known seed suppliers.