Canadian Wheat Improvement program

Wheat is a valuable agricultural export, generating more than $5 billion in export revenues every year. The Canadian Wheat Improvement (CWI) flagship program works to improve wheat varieties and serves as NRC's contribution to the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) which also includes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan as partners.

By integrating their complementary areas of expertise in wheat breeding, genomics, biotechnology and pathology, CWA members develop new wheat varieties that produce stable and increased yields, better resist environmental and disease stresses, reduce agricultural input costs, lessen the environmental impact of fertilizers and improve prosperity for Canadian farmers. The CWI program provides the CWA with expertise in genomics technologies, tool development and plant biotechnology that contributes to the CWA's goal of improving the yield, production, sustainability and profitability of Canadian wheat for the benefit of farmers and the economy.

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If you're interested in wheat research and development, expanding your network or knowledge base, accessing our advanced scientific infrastructure or connecting with our experts, contact:

Faouzi Bekkaoui, Executive Director
Telephone: 306-975-5274

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Canadian Wheat Alliance

The Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) represents an unprecedented 11-year commitment among Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the University of Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan and the National Research Council Canada, to support and advance research that will improve the profitability of Canadian wheat producers. CWA members are integrating their complementary areas of expertise in wheat breeding, genomics, biotechnology and pathology to help create the critical R&D mass needed to enable Canada to significantly increase its share of global wheat production.