Germplasm and Variety Development of Condiment Mustard for Improved Yield and Quality
Principal Investigator: DR. BIFANG CHENG, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research and Development Centre
Co-Principal Investigator: DR. HOWARD LOVE, Mustard21 Canada Inc.
Canada is the world’s largest exporter of condiment mustard (Sinapis alba and Brassica juncea). Yellow (S. alba), brown and oriental (B. juncea) mustards are grown on an average of 200-250 thousand hectares in the arid regions of western Canada each year, with ~80% of the total production in Saskatchewan. Yellow mustard occupies about 55 to 65% of the total acreage. Development of mustard varieties with enhanced seed yield will increase the profitability of mustard producers and secure the competitiveness of the Canadian mustard industry in the global condiment mustard market.