CEU Credits: 0.5
Next Generation Feed & Forage Barley For Western Canada
The Field Crop Development Center at Olds College of Agriculture and Technology (FCDC) Feed and Forage Barley Program develops varieties with high yield, enhanced disease resistance and desirable feed quality characteristics for Alberta and Western Canada. This presentation will highlight the new genetics, demand-driven traits in our future varieties and genomic technologies being used to enhance breeding efficiency and accuracy. New genetics with enhanced nitrogen efficiency, excellent lodging resistance, and desirable forage characteristics such as higher fiber digestibility and smooth awns will be demonstrated and discussed. Discover how advancing barley genetics will help reduce production and market risks to the local barley and livestock industries.
Yadeta Kabeta, Barley Breeder, Field Crop Development Center at Olds College of Agriculture and Technology
Yadeta Kabeta is a barley breeder at Field Crop Development Center at Olds College of Agriculture and Technology. Kabeta is responsible for developing germplasm and barley varieties suitable for Alberta and western Canada. Kabeta has strong research collaboration with other public and private breeding programs here in Canada and around the world, he works closely with industry stakeholders (crop commissions, cattle commissions, seed growers) and sits on the Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley.
Kabeta has been a senior author on many pre-reviewed articles. He has authored or co-authored 50+ journal articles and conference proceedings on cereals and pulses. Kabeta obtained his PhD degree in plant breeding/genetics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Jennifer Zantinge, Field Crop Development Center at Olds College of Agriculture and Technology
Dr. Jennifer Zantinge, lead scientist for the biotech lab, is applying molecular breeding techniques to look at plant DNA and use the genotype data to identify specific polymorphic segments of DNA sequence that can be used as molecular markers that predict how the plant will look in the field. Over the past decade new methods are becoming more and more accurate, and increasingly accessible to breeding programs.
Zantinge has been a senior author on many peer-reviewed scientific papers, journal articles, and conference proceedings related to molecular genetics and breeding. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Guelph, in genetics, molecular biology and pathobiology.