Developing Salt Tolerance in Brassica napus (Canola)

World population is increasing exponentially and to feed this growing population is the biggest challenge for farmers and scientific community. It is estimated that 20% of world’s cultivable land is affected by salinity. In Canada alone about 10 million acres of Canadian prairies are affected by salinity. Among the previously characterized salt-tolerance genes, NHX1 and SOS1 are the best candidates which are capable of alleviating cellular toxicity against salinity. Our current project is designed to overexpress these genes into model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to characterize the ability to withstand unfavorable environmental and to carry forward the best performing candidates to elite canola varieties grown in Western Canada. The intern working in this project will gain the knowledge of cutting-edge molecular biology techniques and acquire advanced understanding of plant/crop genetics. The partner organization MRESS Holdings, will benefit from growing and commercializing new plant varieties capable of growing on saline and uncultivable lands.

Shakshi Dutt
Faculty Supervisor: 
Marcus Samuel
Partner University: