Soil health and nutrient uptake among diverse canola lines - added value to crop phenotyping

Researcher: Dr. Melissa Arcand and Dr. Bobbi Helgason, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, Dr. Sally Vail, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: CARP ADF 2017-182

Final Report: June 2021

Summary: Crops that can readily exploit and utilize soil nutrients more efficiently require less fertilizer inputs, offsetting input costs and reducing potential losses to the environment. In this project, researchers wanted to understand how canola interacts with soil properties to affect crop nutrient uptake and productivity, especially as assessed in breeder trials. The project included a diverse panel of canola, and was platformed on field trials established as part of P2IRC. The study showed that soil inorganic N and extractable sulphur were most responsive to differences in Brassica napus genotype, while available phosphorus and soil pH were unaffected. There were also significant relationships between soil microbial community composition, soil inorganic N, and crop NUE.

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