Developing a Rapid Method to Evaluate Pod-Drop in Canola

Researcher: Rob Gulden, University of Manitoba; Steven Shirtliffe, University of Saskatchewan

Project Code: CARP 2013-13

Final Report: April 2016

Summary: Canola is a crop associated with large seed losses before and at harvest, including from pod shatter and pod drop. Researchers conducted a three-year study to develop and refine a method for measuring pod-retention resistance. This project resulted in significant improvement in the understanding of yield losses due to pod drop in canola and showed a clear relationship between specific pod-retention resistance and absolute pod drop. This is encouraging in that it suggests a significant component to pod drop appears to be heritable and could be exploited by canola breeders to reduce canola harvest losses due to pod drop.

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