A pair of research professors at the University of Saskatchewan have received 10 thousand dollars each to expand crop growth in this province.
Ian Stavness is a computer science professor at the U of S.
He will use the Microsoft funds to identify plant growth and yield traits for plant breeders.
“We are devising new ways to use these crops,” Stavness said. “So we’re hoping to support them. And eventually the farmers will be able to see these new varieties that have a better trait and will help them increase yield and improve resilience of their crops.”
Another 10 thousand dollar grant from Microsoft will enable professor Tony Kusalik to assist plant breeders by finding links between plant genes and desirable traits.