The National Barley Cluster is a component of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriScience program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The National Barley Research Cluster brings together twelve research activities from across Canada. The overall goals of the research are to ensure that barley production remains competitive with other major crops in Canada and to improve the quality traits of Canadian barley to satisfy the diverse and evolving needs of our customers.

Research areas within the cluster include variety development, agronomic productivity, disease resistance, quality and performance, and sustainability. See more information about each individual project below.


AgriScience Program: National Barley Cluster (2018-2023)
Variety Development

Project lead: Dr. Aaron Beattie, University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding: $1,091,067

Project lead: Dr. Ana Badea, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon Research and Development Centre
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding: $1,685,804

Project lead: Dr. Raja Khanal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa Research and Development Centre
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding:$1,041,101

Project lead: Dr. Thomas Kelly Turkington, Lacombe Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding: $409,500

Project lead: Dr. François Belzile, Université Laval
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding: $500,827


Disease Management

Project lead: Dr. Thomas Kelly Turkington, Lacombe Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding:$642,864

Project lead: James Tucker, PhD candidate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon Research and Development Centre
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding:$2,020,798

Malting and Brewing

Project lead: Dr. Yueshu Li, Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC)
Timeline: 2018-2021  |  Total Funding:$220,000

Project lead: Dr. Yueshu Li, Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre
Timeline: 2018-2021  |  Total Funding:$300,000


Feed Barley

Project lead: Dr. Ruurd T. Zijlstra, University of Alberta
Timeline: 2019-2023  |  Total Funding:$431,941


Crop Management

Project lead: Dr. Thomas Kelly Turkington, Lacombe Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Timeline: 2018-2023  |  Total Funding:$508,200

Project lead: Dr. Aaron Mills & Dr. Breanne Tidemann, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Timeline: 2018-2022  |  Total Funding:$450,000





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