The Saskatchewan government has announced a major boost for research to tackle global food security.
The provincial government is providing 800 thousand dollars for state of the art equipment in a new Roots of Food Security research facility at the University of Saskatchewan.
The program is led by internationally recognized plant scientist Leon Kochian with the U of S College of Agriculture.
He is also Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food Security, set up in 2012 by Nutrien, the government of Saskatchewan and the U. of S.
Research will focus on breeding better crops with more efficient root systems to grow in less fertile soils.
The goal is to position Saskatchewan as a national driver for change in agricultural and food security issues.
The total cost of the new facility is 2 million dollars, with additional funding coming from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and in-kind contributions of cutting edge technology from vendors.