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Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network: Fostering further network development

Project Details

Lead Researcher(s)

Dr. Kelly Turkington



Funding Partners

Alberta Innovates, Alberta Grains, RDAR, SaskWheat, WGRF

April 2023 - March 2028


The Challenge

Prairie provinces represent Canada’s main farming region for cereals, canola, and pulses. Given the importance of these crops, it’s critical to understand potential biotic and abiotic threats for Prairie producers and the Canadian economy, while also developing relevant biovigilance strategies and procedures.

The Project

The Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network (PCDMN) was first established as part of the CAP Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster from 2018-2023, and this project will continue to further develop and refine the PCDMN to expand crop coverage, improve methods for disease/pathogen monitoring, enhance data/information dissemination, and strengthen coordination of annual biovigilance efforts.

The Results

This section will be updated upon completion of the project.

Grower Benefits

The PCDMN benefits growers by increasing the availability of more extensive and timely information for field crop disease identification, understanding, awareness and risk identification. The PCDMN helps to reduce the impact of disease on Prairie field crop productivity, improve net returns, and increase the availability of quality crop outputs for various end-use markets.


Diseases, Monitoring