Grain company Viterra will launch what it calls the first high omega-3 flax seed variety to get registration in Canada, for the 2010 growing season.
The company said in a release Thursday that NuLin 50, developed by the company’s research team, exhibits traits for both higher yield and improved oil content.
“NuLin 50 is an identity preserved crop, with an oil profile and omega-3 content ideal for a wide range of applications in nutritious food, feed and industrial sectors, with the potential to create value for both producers and destination customers,” Doug Wonnacott, the company’s senior vice-president for agri-products, said in the release.
Nutritional information about dietary fats has raised awareness among consumers about the health benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in flax, the company said.
Viterra said its comparison of NuLin 50 to CDC Bethune, Canada’s most popular flax variety, found NuLin 50 yields 103 per cent of CDC Bethune, has oil content is 1.5 per cent higher, has an iodine value of 210 (compared to 189 for CDC Bethune) and contains 12.9 per cent more omega-3.
Viterra’s flax breeding program, one of the world’s largest, is based at Vegreville, Alta. The company said it evaluates about 30,000 NuLin strains each year and tests the most promising of those through the company’s field network across the Prairies.