Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission

June 16, 2023 Determining the genetic control of flax fibre traits

Source: Jodi Souter, J4 Agri-Science   |  Category: Agronomy, Straw, Variety Development

TERM: 2 years, ending March 31, 2023
RESEARCHER: Jodi Souter, J4 Agri-Science
CO-FUNDERS: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, J4 Agri-Science

Grower Benefits

  • Researchers have found that selection without multiple backcrosses to short statured lines was effective at developing short stature lines.
  • From the analysis of harvestability, percent fibre is believed to be a quantitative trait. Successive selection should work to develop a lower percent fibre commercial line. This will help breeders in future breeding programs.
  • The results of this project will help future short straw breeding efforts for flax growers as researchers and industry understand straw management is a barrier to flax production.

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