Funding to improve genetic performance and agronomics of flax
By Top Crop Manager
Oct. 20, 2014 - The federal government is investing $3 million to the Flax Council of Canada to improve the genetic performance and agronomics of flax.
This investment is aimed at supporting the continued research and development of new flax varieties through the use of the Rapid Development Trait System, a regulated non-genetically modified conversion system which can produce new traits in flax. In addition, agronomic best management practices will be developed to help farmers achieve higher yields of flax.
Under this project, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers will collaborate with industry on a number of activities to help the sector. These activities will include research into disease management, seed quality and genetic resistance to heat and drought, contributing to increased competitiveness for flax producers.
Canada is the largest single producer of flax in the world.