Crop Development Centre

The Crop Development Centre (CDC) is a field crop research organization within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.  CDC scientists integrate basic research with genetic improvement of spring wheat, durum, canaryseed, barley, oat, flax, field pea, lentil, chickpea, fababean and dry bean.

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Contact and mailing address:
Crop Development Centre
University of Saskatchewan
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
51 Campus Drive
Room 4D36 Agriculture Building
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A8
Ph. 306 966-5855
Fax 306 966-5015

Managing Director: Dr. Kofi Agblor,
Rm 4D36.2, Ag Bldg,
phone 306 966-5855,  fax 306 966-5015

Breeder Seed Facility Manager:  Mr. Dave Benallack,
Rm 1, BSB,
phone: 306 931-9299, fax 306 955-1338
Call for Research and Development Proposals for Durum Wheat
The Crop Development Centre (CDC) is a field crop research organization within the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. With a mandate to improve the economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of western Canada, the CDC conducts research and development to improve existing crops, creating new uses for traditional crops, and to develop new crops. Created in 1971, the CDC has released over 400 commercial crop varieties and is recognized nationally and internationally for basic and applied crop research and development and successful field crop breeding.

The CDC plays a vital role in training new scientists and technical personnel to serve the present and future needs of plant sciences and crop breeding. CDC scientists work with partners across the public and private sectors to achieve their objectives. Crop breeding at the CDC is financially supported from public, private and producer sources, along with significant infrastructure support from the University.

The CDC is searching for a research sponsor to augment funding for its durum wheat breeding program. The durum breeding program comprises world-leading scientific research and variety development for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD). The program includes:

  • complete integration of genomics and genetic analysis using state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise;
  • superior screening parameters, including pilot scale milling and pasta processing; and
  • a strong field program with highly adapted germplasm exemplified by recent releases of top-performing CWAD varieties.

The CDC welcomes funding proposals which elucidate a long-term commitment to a research partnership, including the rationale and mutual benefits to be derived. Applicants can be individuals, companies, producer organizations, or a consortium with an interest in cereal research, development and commercialization. Elements of the proposals must include:

  • the funding commitment and timeline;
  • ability to contribute scientific and technical tools for breeding;
  • the expected return for investment, for example, varieties to be selected for marketing (cannot be greater than 50% of varieties released during the term of the agreement), and/or royalty sharing;
  • targeted or specific trait development for agronomic and abiotic and biotic stresses, and/or specialized end-use markets;
  • knowledge and capacity to commercialize arising varieties including royalty collection; and
  • the ability to work with processors and end users to maximize the market penetration of CDC durum varieties.

The successful applicant will be invited to negotiate an agreement with the University of Saskatchewan within 90 days of selection. The agreement will stipulate University ownership of arising varieties.
Electronic copies of the proposals in PDF format must be received by December 4, 2015 and they must be followed by a signed original to be considered. Email address is

Send original hard copies of the proposals to:

Dr. Kofi Agblor, Managing Director, Crop Development Centre
University of Saskatchewan
Room 4D36 Agriculture Building
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK  S7N 5A8