Category: The Seedpod

The Seedpod —Ep. 12: Wheat Midge Tolerance Gene Detected in Soft White Wheat. What Happens Now?

SeCan recently discovered that the majority of the soft white wheat varieties grown in western Canada naturally contain the Sm1 trait for midge tolerance. The trait has likely always been there, but only recently have we had the technology to test for it. The Sm1 gene was first identified as naturally occurring in soft red winter… Read more »

Seedpod — Ep 7: Taking a Tour of the Global Seed Industry

In this episode, we wanted to take you on an exploration of the global seed industry and compare it back to Canada. Since everything starts with seed, gaining an understanding of how other countries function allows us to understand our own system better. See past SeedPod episodes In episode 7 of the SeedPod, I chat… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 2: Regulating On Ideals, and Is There More On the Chopping Block?

It’s no wonder that Western Canada is watching what’s unfolding in Ontario closely. That province’s government’s move to closely regulate neonicotinoid seed treatments, even after changes in corn and soybean planting showed significant reductions in bee health risk, has many in the agriculture industry wondering what this means for pesticide access moving forward. In this… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 1: What UPOV ’91 Really Means For Farm-Saved Seed

Canada’s rules and regulations regarding plant breeder’s rights adhere to a convention that’s over 35 years old, even though there is a more modern, widely accepted convention that’s a mere 23 years old — UPOV ’91. Bill C-18, currently in the parliamentary process, will bring Canada in line with UPOV ’91, a move that has… Read more »