Cereals Canada, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), has launched the latest edition of the National Wheat Research Priorities.
Led by co-chairs Krista Zuzak, Cereals Canada director of crop protection and production, and Dr. Felicitas Katepa-Mupondwa, director of research, development, and technology for AAFC, the document provides a vision and targets to guide research in the Canadian wheat industry for the next five years. The report was developed with over 70 researchers, industry, and value chain members contributing to the six themes.
The next set of priorities will focus on wheat sustainability and innovation, in both a regional and national level. This addition of the priorities includes the launch of a new theme: wheat nutrition.
The six refreshed themes for 2023-2028 are: improving wheat yield, crop environment interactions, cropping system sustainability, continuous improvement in food safety, customer quality, and wheat nutrition.
“This initiative brings together the value chain and research institutions to share knowledge, build networks, and create synergies,” says Zuzak. “We saw more than 75 research projects completed under the last set of priorities, which was released in 2020.”
The National Wheat Research Priorities serves as a tool to communicate and link market signals with industry opportunities and research goals and objectives, while still recognizing the importance of regional differences.