Development of a Harmonized Clubroot Map

Agronomy Research  Diseases 
Start Date
End Date
Principal Investigator
Stephen Strelkov - University of Alberta
Holly Derksen - Manitoba Agriculture Dr. Barbara Ziesman - Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Sheau-Fang Hwang - Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
MCGA Funding
Total Project Funding
External Funding Partners
SaskCanola and Alberta Canola
Project Ongoing...

Research Objective

  • Examine the viability of a harmonized clubroot map
  • Determine what such a map would look like
  • Communicate findings and recommendations to stakeholders, including the Clubroot Steering Committee

Project Description

Clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae) is an important disease facing Canadian canola producers. It is established in Alberta, and has been spreading to Saskatchewan and Manitoba fields. The purpose of this study is to develop a clubroot map across the Prairie provinces to serve as an important tool for grower education, the selection of effective disease management strategies, and assessing disease risk in specific regions. Currently, each province has taken a different approach to mapping the intensity and distribution of the clubroot outbreak, which makes it hard to map the disease consistently. If a map can show the clubroot situation in a uniform manner across the provinces, it will help to communicate the need for proactive approaches to clubroot management, and may be of particular value in highlighting the need for action before the disease becomes prevalent in a region. Ultimately, a harmonized clubroot map across provinces will better reflect the nature of this disease as a biological entity that is not constrained by borders or other artificial boundaries. 


  • Canola Growers Newsletter

    Maximize your membership value by staying up to date on information, events and services focused on farm success.



  • Hello Canola Newsletter

    When you get to know Canadian Canola, you might just fall in love.