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.

Fast Facts

  • 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.