The Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) represents an unprecedented 11-year commitment among Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the University of Saskatchewan, the province of Saskatchewan and the National Research Council Canada, to support and advance research that will improve the profitability of Canadian wheat producers. CWA will align their complementary areas of expertise in six high-priority research areas.
Canada is a major wheat-producing nation. Wheat crops contribute $11 billion annually to Canada’s economy. However, Canadian wheat crops are impacted by changing climatic conditions, as well as diseases and pests, resulting in a continued need to produce increasingly productive and resilient varieties of high-quality wheat.
The six research areas, including beneficial biotic interactions, are focused on:
- The acceleration of breeding,
- Reducing losses due to drought,
- Reducing losses due to heat,
- Reducing losses due to cold stress
- Reducing losses due to diseases, and
- Reducing fertilizer requirements.