Genome Prairie

Improving Crop Yield and Stress Resilience

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization forecasts that world food production will have to increase by 70 per cent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing global population. This challenge is exacerbated by such factors as diminishing freshwater resources, rising energy prices and the need for crops to adapt to the pressures of a drier, hotter and more extreme global climate.

The Augmenting the Plant Microbiome to Improve Crop Yield and Stress Resilience (PLM) project aims to develop breakthrough microbial products that can colonize crop hosts and substantially improve seed germination, yield, and drought-and heat-stress resilience. The products have been successfully tested in over 20 genotypes of wheat, barley, canola, and pulses – crops that account for more than $15 billion in annual production in Canada alone.

Research ResultsResearch Results

Microbiologists Vladimir Vujanovic and Jim Germida have discovered a group of microbes within plant cell tissues that have novel genomic mechanisms of plant interaction, enabling substantially improved seed germination, yield, and drought- and heat-stress resilience in more than 20 varieties of wheat, barley, pulses, and canola.

Quick Facts

 Project Leaders:

Vladimir Vujanovic, University of Saskatchewan

Ray Riley, Indigo Agriculture

Project Manager:

Ariadne Valadares Souza, Genome Prairie

Project Value:

$16.1 Million

Genome Canada Contribution:

$1.9 Million

Funding Partner Contribution:

$14.2 Million

Project Status:

Ongoing (2014 - 2017)


Genomic Applications Partnership Program