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Flax

  • Scott D. Duguid
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Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 4)

Production and Utilization

Over the centuries the production of flax (linseed, Linum usitatissimum L.) has spread across Europe, Africa and finally North America where it was the first oilseed to be widely grown in western Canada. Today, world flaxseed production has ranged between 2.0 and 3.0 million tonnes over the last 10 years. In 2006–2007, the production of flaxseed was 2.7 million tonnes, which represents about 0.7% of the world production of oilseeds. Canada is the world’s largest producer representing 40% of world production and most of the export trade. China, the United States of America and India together account for 40% of the world production. Within the European Union, the main producers of flaxseed are Germany, United Kingdom, and France. Production has remained relatively stable in China, India, and the European Union over the last decade (Table 7.1).
Table 7.1

World flaxseed supply and disposition

 

2005–2006

2006–2007 (estimated)

2007–2008 (forecast)

 

Million tonnes

Keywords

Powdery Mildew Anther Culture Alpha Linolenic Acid Cyanogenic Glucoside Flaxseed Meal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Morden Research Station, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Morden, MBManitobaCanada

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