Flax News and Events

Harvest has been complete. Here Ken and Mackenzie use a small plot combine to harvest some of the nursery plots

Seeding at Kernen Crops Research Farm has been completed! The video below show the field crew using a hill seeder to plant an early flowering test on a windy day!

New personnel in the lab

Dr. House recently accepted the position of Research Officer and will focus on the development of flax genomics.

Dr. Ragupathy has relocated to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Swift Current) for a Research Scientist position.

Dr. Raju Ragupathy (Professional Research Associate) and Dr Megan House (post-doctoral fellow) and Ms Akshaya Vasudevan (MSc candidate) joined the Flax Breeding Program to work on a project to determine the physiological, genetic and epigenetic causes of early flowering in some mutated flax lines. We are collaborating with Dr Steve Robinson (AAFC-SRC) and Andy Sharp (NRC-Saskatoon) on this SeCan and NSERC funded project

Dr Gaofeng Jia was hired to work on the Flax Breeding Database project, a collaborative project with Dr Frank You (AAFC-Ottawa) funded by WGRF and SaskFlax.  His current focus includes development of a statistical pipeline for estimation of traits of flax breeding lines in multi-environment testing.

MSc students graduated from the CDC Flax Program

Pree's thesis, entitled: "Characterization of Flax Germplasm for Resistance to Fusarium Wilt Caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini. "  examined wilt reaction in a segregating  Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) population kindly provided by Terre de Lin, France.  Pree returned home to Sri Lanka, where she works in the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.

Jia's thesis, entitled "Flowering Time Studies in Canadian Cultivars and 5-Azacytidine Mutants of Oilseed Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.)", examined some interesting early flowering flax mutants and studied the role of daylength on flowering time. Jia is pursuing her PhD in canola breeding at the University of Manitoba.

Kayla's thesis was entitled "Seed Coat Color in Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) Conditioned by the b1 Locus, its Linkage with Simple Sequence Repeat Markers (SSRs) and its Association with Flower Shape, Flower Color, Fatty Acid Profile and Grain Yield". She screened a population of plants to identify genetic markers associated with a gene responsible for yellow seed coats, as well as looked for associations between and different agronomic traits. Kayla is currently working for Bayer Crop Science.

Tao Zhang developed Structural Equation Models relating crop growth, environment and genotype to yields. His thesis was entitled "Characterizing the Flax Core Collection for Earliness and Canopy Traits". Tao graduated in 2013.

Dr. Booker visits UWATE University, Japan, December, 2016.   Helen Booker, Matsuo Uemura, Chris, Uwate University, Japan, Dec 2016

Japanese students visit on an exchange programe with Iwate University 

Teruki filling seed trays

Seven students from Iwate University, Japan, visited the University of Saskatchewan for three weeks in September 2014. One of the students, Teruki Sugiyama, spent the afternoons working on various projects in the Flax Lab. He tried his hand at PCR, qPCR and digital droplet PCR. He also hot a lot of hands-on experience with flax seed!