Promoting Canadian Oats

Improved Integrated Disease Management for Oats (Avena sativa L.) in Saskatchewan

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Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project: Monitoring SOC Change Across Saskatchewan Farms from 1996 to 2018

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Develop New Strategies To Efficiently Utilize Oat Grains In High Production Dairy Cows To Maximum Economic Return And Benefit To Prairie Oat Growers

Efficiently Utilize Oat Grains in High Production Dairy Cows (PDF, 150 KB)


Alberta Regional Variety Trial

This Alberta Regional Variety trial is lead by the Government of Alberta. For any additional information please contact the Government of Alberta.

Alberta Regional Variety Trial (PDF, 139 kb)


Increase The Oat Acres In Alberta By Finding A High Yielding Oat Variety That Maximizes Producer Income And Meets The Demands Of The Millers

This study is a continuous effort to collect data on 11 milling variety oats and 4 feed oat varieties in Central and Northern Alberta. The goal was to determine how variety and growing location will influence the yield and functional property attributes linked to beta-glucan levels of the oats. View the PDF below for year three results.

Third Year Study Results (PDF, 411 KB)


Oat Vigour Improves With Larger Seed Size

Oat Vigour Improves with Larger Seed Size (PDF, 270 KB)


Managing Fertilizer Use To Optimize Yield And Quality Of Oat

Managing Fertilizer Use to Optimize Yield and Quality of Oat (PDF, 275 KB)


Improving Oat Yields With Intensive Agronomy

Improving Oat Yields with Intensive Agronomy (PDF, 909 KB)


BeGrainSafe 2018 Program Report

results from sponsored activities

POGA is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Agricultural Association's BeGrainSafe program, which aims to increase grain safety awareness and training. Click here to read about the program's activities and results for 2018.

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Quality of International Oat Sources

Summary

The objective of this project was to generate data showing levels of key nutrient components in oats from a variety of international sources, particularly to see how Canadian oats compare.

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Development of Molecular Markers for Oat Rust Crown Resistance

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This project seeks to develop molecular markers tightly linked to known Crown Rust resistance (Pc) genes, to evaluate their ability to correctly identify oat lines carrying the linked Pc genes, and to identify oat germplasm carrying specific Pc genes.

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Development of an oat-based beverage rich in dietary fiber and protein

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This project (2016-2019) is focusing on the development of a ready-to-drink oat-based beverage that is fortified with omegas, vitamin D, and other nutritional ingredients that are essential to the diet of cancer patients.

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Mitigating Mycotoxins in the Canadian Value Chain

Summary

This study is led by Food and Consumer Products of Canada and a summary of the results will be posted when available. Please read the PDF (below) to learn more about mycotoxin prevention, based on the results of this study.

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Occurrence and Fate of Toxigenic Fungi and Their Associated Mycotoxins in Saskatchewan-grown Oats and Oat Milling Products

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The study takes a look at the occurrence of toxigenic Fusarium and Penicillium fungi and their associated mycotoxins, and an investigation of the fate of Fusarium and Penicillium species and their associated mycotoxins during processing of oats.

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Oatmeal Coffee Additive/Creamer

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Oats is the logical choice to development of a non-dairy creamer. Oats have functional/nutrition proteins, they have high levels of beta glucan, and they can be utilized fairly well in beverage applications. Compared to faba bean, canola, and an oat/faba bean protein blend, oat proteins were shown to be the most suitable choice to replace dairy and soy proteins within a coffee creamer.

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Breeding for Resistance to Leaf Blotch Pathogens in Saskatchewan Oat

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Over the four years (2014-2017) that field surveys were conducted in commercial oat fields to evaluate the prevalence of oat leaf blotch pathogens P. avenae was the most often identified, being present in 59% of the 160 fields surveyed. Cochliobolus sativus was present in 23% of surveyed fields while S. avenae was only identified in 3% of fields. The ranking prevalence of these pathogens was consistent across all four years and differs from prior surveys conducted where S. avenae was observed in all years and with greater prevalence than C. sativus in most years (2011-2013).

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Investigation of Avenanthramides, a Type of New Healthy Compounds in Oat

Xiao Qiu

Avenanthramides are a group of N-cinnamolyanthranilic acids comprising anthranilic acid and cinnamic acid connected by an amide linkage with health-promoting properties mainly found in oat (Avena sativa L.). In this research, avenanthramide A, B and C (Avn-A, B and C), the three most abundant avenanthramides (Avns) in oat, were identified and quantified from oat varieties. Subsequently, in vitro antioxidant activities of oat extracts and Avn-A, B and C were evaluated, and Avn-C had the highest in vitro antioxidant activity among the three avenanthramides. To investigate the cytoprotective activity of Avns, normal human skin fibroblasts (2DD) were treated with Avn C followed by exposure to extracellular stress and its ability to reduce cellular damage was determined. Pre-treatment of cells with Avn-C reduced hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced oxidative stress significantly as demonstrated by decreased intracellular free radical levels and antioxidant gene transcripts. Avn-C pre-treatment also resulted in decreased levels of gene transcripts encoding pro-inflammatory cytokines in response to H2O2 or tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) stimulation. This reduction in cytokine gene transcription occurred concomitantly with reduced phosphorylated nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) p65, indicating reduced pro-inflammatory response. To better understand the mechanisms of actions, the impact of Avn-C on cellular signaling pathways was investigated on Avn C-treated 2DD cells without exposure to stress. Avn-C was found to induce heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression through increased DNA-Nrf2 binding activity. Also, it reduced basal levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines through decreased DNA-NF-κB binding activity. Moreover, anti-proliferative effect of Avn C on 2DD cells was observed via mechanisms independent of autophagy activation. Collectively, our findings suggest that Avn-C protects normal human skin fibroblasts against oxidative stress and inflammatory response through Nrf2/HO-1 activation and NF-κB inhibition.