Genome Prairie

Cold Tolerant Rye

Rye Genetics Hold the Strongest Potential

Working to enhance the progress already made with spring wheat through the Crop Adaptation Genomics project, researchers shifted their focus to rye as a possibility of discovering a further level of frost tolerance. The molecular markers, genetic tags that help researchers track important genes, which were identified for cold tolerance in spring wheat can now be used in rye.

Cracking the code for cold-tolerance in rye has been a long-standing challenge, but researchers are very optimistic on the heels of the spring wheat progress.

Quick Facts

Project Leaders:

Brian Fowler, University of Saskatchewan

Project Manager:

Chris Barker, Genome Prairie


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Project Status:

Complete (2007 – 2010)