10th International Triticale Symposium – request for seeds

Hello Triticale Researchers and Breeders!


In association with the 10th International Triticale Symposium to be held in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in July, 2019, we are planning to have a field day and station tour showcasing winter and spring triticale varieties sourced from breeding programs around the world. If this is something that you and your institution would be willing to participate in, please contact us (Jamie.larsen@agr.gc.ca or Harpinder.Randhawa@AGR.GC.CA) to let us know how many varieties you intend on sending. The deadline for your response is May 15th, 2018. We are asking for 2 kg of disease free seed to be sent to us by August 15, 2018 to be able to prepare for seeding.


If you are concerned about survival of your germplasm in our Canadian climate, I can assure you that Lethbridge is more similar to Europe with regards to winter survival. Most germplasm survives the winter without issue in Lethbridge.


Shipping of Seed to Canada

Shipping seed to Canada requires two pieces of documentation, a country specific import permit and a phytosanitary certificate. The import permit is issued by the Canadian government and states the phytosanitary requirements for seed to be accepted into Canada based on prevalent pests and disease that occur in your country. As organizers, we must apply for this permit and send it to you before seed can be shipped to us. Once we send you the import permit, the phytosanitary certificate can be issued by your Government, based on inspection of the packages that you will be sending us.  By letting us know if you will be participating (deadline May 15, 2018), we will be able to apply for country specific import permits. This can be a lengthy process, so giving us notice as soon as possible will allow us to get things started here in Canada.


Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Government of Canada) requires that material transfer agreements be put in place so that the rights of all collaborators are protected. If you are interested in sending us germplasm to be a part of the field day, we can send you a sample MTA that you can modify to suit you or your organizations wishes.


Below is the timeline for this process to occur:

  1. May 15, 2018: Deadline for expression of interest to submit seed for the 10th International Triticale Symposium field day.
  2. June 15, 2018: Deadline for the organizers to obtain country specific Import Permits from Canadian Government and distribution of Import Permits to willing participants.


  1. August 15, 2018: Deadline for receipt of 2 kg clean disease free spring and winter triticale seed and MTAs to be established.


  1. September 10-30, 2018: Seeding of winter triticale demonstration plots


  1. May 1 -15, 2019 : Seeding of spring triticale demonstration plots


Attention winter wheat, spring wheat, winter durum wheat, spring durum wheat and rye breeders:

If you would like to have a chance to view your winter or spring wheat, winter durum or spring durum or rye varieties grown in Lethbridge, please indicate if you will be sending seed of these species to us. We are willing to put together demonstration trials for these crops as well.


We’ve changed the date to coincide with the International Wheat Congress!

For those of you that attended the 9th International Triticale Symposium in Szeged, Hungary the initial plan was to host the next International Triticale Symposium in 2020. We have decided to change the meeting to July 2019, which is one week before the International Wheat Congress that will be held in Canada (Saskatoon, SK) July, 2019. Since many of us work in triticale and wheat, we thought it would allow for more people to attend both meetings. We are currently working on travel arrangements to make this as simple as possible.


It is likely that I missed a few people that would like to participate in this event. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to others to encourage participation.


Best regards from Canada,




Jamie Larsen, Ph.D.

Perennial Cereals, Fall Rye and Winter Triticale Breeder | Obtenteur du céréales vivace, seigle d’automne et d’hiver triticale

Lethbridge Research and Development Centre | Centre de développement de la recherche et de Lethbridge

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada 5403 – 1 Ave. South, P.O. Box 3000 | 5403 1e Avenue Sud, C.P. 3000

Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1 Jamie.Larsen@agr.gc.ca Telephone | Téléphone 403-317-2159

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