Improving protein in Canadian canola

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This project recognizes an investment of more than $27 million into a canola breeding project focused on making high-protein canola hybrids that produce high protein meal for downstream use.

From left to right: Bill Greuel, Bryce Eger, President of Corteva Canada, Alanna Koch, PIC Board Member, and David Dzisiak, Chief Operating Officer of Botaneco

This is the first commercial breeding project focused specifically on protein quality improvement. Higher protein canola meal will result in new, higher value markets and create economic benefits across the entire value‑chain.

The consortium, made up of Corteva Agriscience, Bunge Canada and Botaneco, will invest $14.05 million, with a $13.6 million investment from Protein Industries Canada. In this project, genetics from Corteva’s breeding programs and public sector sources, such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will be analyzed for protein, fiber and anti-nutritionals to identify traits that result in high protein and reduced fiber. High-protein products delivered from breeding will be scaled up to provide seeds for processing by consortium partners Bunge and Botaneco to generate meal and high-value protein products. It is expected that project will result in higher-protein canola seeds, meal and value-added products to be more competitive with soybean and other protein sources for human and livestock markets.