Advancements in agricultural science

Read about recent discoveries and developments in grain research.

picture of shrivelled and distorted sawfly damaged kernels compared to a sound kernel of Canadian Western Red Spring wheat.

Understanding the genetics of solid-stemmed wheat

Growing solid-stemmed wheat varieties is the most common way to prevent wheat stem sawfly damage, which causes approximately $350 million in losses in North America each year.

Comparison of the type and amounts of gluten proteins for two wheat flour samples with the same total protein content.

Adapting medical research technology to study gluten composition

A team of researchers from the Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory and the University of Manitoba adapted a medical research method so they could analyze individual components of gluten, a key contributor to wheat quality, in a very high level of detail.

Overwintered canola contains higher free fatty acid levels, but can still produce acceptable seeds

Overwintered canola contains higher free fatty acid levels, but can still produce acceptable seeds

In 2019, many farmers were unable to finish harvesting much of their canola after early snowstorms buried crops that remained in fields.

Increasing precision in deoxynivalenol (DON) testing

Increasing precision in deoxynivalenol (DON) testing

Deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin, is toxic to animals and humans.

Reducing mycotoxin concentrations in oats through processing

Reducing mycotoxin concentrations in oats through processing

Consuming oats contaminated with mycotoxins can be hazardous to human and animal health.

Locating the source of fusarium resistance in durum wheat

Locating the source of fusarium resistance in durum wheat

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a disease that infects wheat crops and reduces their quality and yields.

The first multi-year study of mycotoxins in Canadian oats

The first multi-year study of mycotoxins in Canadian oats

Scientists in the Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory conducted the first multi-year survey of mycotoxins in Canadian oats.

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