You might want to call it the Year of Canola.
This year’s winners of the Plant Breeding & Genetics Award and the Seed of the Year Award — both part of the Canadian Plant Breeding Innovation (CPBI) Awards — come from the world of canola.
Canola breeder Van Ripley takes the Plant Breeding & Genetics Award, which is presented to a public or private sector researcher who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Canadian plant agriculture through research in plant breeding. The award is sponsored by Seeds Canada and Germination.
Winning the Seed of the Year Award — which recognizes plant breeders and highlights their research accomplishments in developing a new variety of field crops, forages, fruits, vegetables and herbs — is InVigor L233P hybrid canola from BASF.
The CPBI program also is giving out four scholarships this year — two in Western Canada and two in the East. The recipients are:
- Stanley Adobor – University of Saskatchewan
- Jennifer Lin – McGill University
- Deus Mugabe – University of Guelph
- Marla Roth – University of Alberta