Duane E. Falk

Professor Emeritus Ontario Agricultural College Department of Plant Agriculture Guelph, Ontario dfalk@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53579

Bio/Research

The main focus of research is in breeding methodology and in the application of the theory to practical issues facing cereal crop production in Ontario. A breeding system has been developed which is based on a xenia-expressing marker gene tightly linked to a genetic male sterile gene to increase ...

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Bio/Research

The main focus of research is in breeding methodology and in the application of the theory to practical issues facing cereal crop production in Ontario. A breeding system has been developed which is based on a xenia-expressing marker gene tightly linked to a genetic male sterile gene to increase crossing efficiency in barley. The increased crossing efficiency makes it feasible to apply recurrent selection techniques to the normally self-pollinated barley. A hierarchical structure of introgression is used to avoid dilution of the adapted Elite germplasm while still allowing the incorporation of new, desirable alleles from exotic sources. This RIPE (Recurrent Introgressive Population Enrichment) system is being employed to improve lodging resistance, disease resistance, seed quality, agronomic type, and yield in the barley breeding program. It has resulted in the development and commercialization of several superior cultivars for Ontario producers. Projects are currently underway in fine-tuning the RIPE methodology and applying it to developing barley with improved feed quality and agronomic type for specific end uses.

Modifications of the RIPE approach using dominant and recessive male sterility are being developed for wheat breeding. The method is being employed in breeding for disease resistance, agronomic type, improved milling quality, and increased winter hardiness.



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