Research Project

CropSNPs: an ultra-low-cost genotyping approach in barley and soybean

This project is funded by Alberta Barley in collaboration with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the National Barley Research Cluster.

Timeline: 2018-2023

Project lead: Dr. François Belzile, Université Laval

Alberta Barley funding: $20,000

Genetic markers have allowed breeders to more rapidly develop new and improved varieties. However, there is potential to increase the efficiency of this technology even more while also decreasing the cost associated with it. This research aims to develop low-cost, medium-coverage genotyping tools for barley and soybean that will reduce genotyping costs, speed up the usage of DNA markers by breeders, and enhance our ability to select superior lines in response to a changing climate and other emerging threats.