SaskBarley offers scholarships each year to university students who are carrying out research focused on barley.
The 2022/23 scholarship awards include one $6,000 scholarship and two $4,000 scholarships.
The recipient of the $6,000 award was Dilini Adihetty, a Ph.D. graduate student and research assistant with the University of Alberta’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science.
Adihetty’s research is focused on managing the negative effects of spot blotch in western Canadian barley to allow for more effective targeting of the disease in the long-term.
The $4,000 awards were given to Michael Taylor (M.Sc. Candidate in Plant Science at the University of Saskatchewan) and Jonathan Beutler (Ph.D. Student with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia).
Taylor’s research is focused on the mitigation of lodging in barley through an examination of root system imaging and field data collection; Beutler’s project is helping barley breeders develop net blotch resistant pre-breeding germplasm, and will ultimately lead to the development of resistant varieties for Canadian growers.
The scholarship fund was created to encourage and support the development of new researchers working to benefit Saskatchewan’s barley sector.
SaskBarley chair Keith Rueve says these graduate students and their projects will do just that.
"We consider our scholarships as an investment in the future of Canadian barley. SaskBarley supports student scholarships annually and information for next year’s application process will be available soon on SaskBarley.com."