A new screening technique will allow crop breeder to develop drought resistant varieties faster.
Scientists at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon can test hundreds of wheat, pea and canola samples per day.
CLS Science Manager Chitra Karunakran says the information is used by plant breeders at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre.
“We screen the pea varieties and looking at the pea leafs facts,” she says. “We are using it for canola, drought tolerance and also we are doing a long term study of screening more varieties of wheat.”
Karunakran says another benefit to this screen method is along with it being enviromentally friendly, it’s also inexpensive.