Thirty University of Saskatchewan crop research projects have been awarded a total of more than $8 million through Saskatchewan’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), a program jointly supported by the federal and provincial governments and supplemented by industry partners.
Two projects that involve horticulture are:
- Identifying potato varieties that reduce environmental impact and cost: University of Saskatchewan plant scientist Kate Congreves will test modern potato cultivars for improved nitrogen and phosphorous efficiency. Potatoes are the single most important vegetable crop in Canada and comprise a third of all vegetable income for farmers nationally. By identifying the best potato varieties to grow in Saskatchewan, farmers can boost yields, increasing revenue, and reduce fertilizer use, decreasing costs and improving soil quality.
- Turning haskap and Saskatoon berries into anti-oxidant-rich nutritional supplements: University of Saskatchewan food scientist Nicholas Low will identify phenolics—compounds known to have anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties—in the pulp of Saskatchewan-grown and bred haskap berries. The phenolics have many potential commercial applications, ranging from health supplements, to food additives and colourants, to fighting cancer.
Source: University of Saskatchewan January 14, 2020 news release