Volume 13, Number 13 March 10, 2006

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CLS scientist, colleagues featured in seed mag

By Matthew Dalzell


It’s not every day that someone from Young, Saskatchewan, or someone from a synchrotron, makes the cover of the SaskSeed Guide.

The 2006 edition, published by The Western Producer for the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association, includes a feature on the Canadian Light Source and Industrial Liaison scientist Colleen Christensen. “Everyone back home was thrilled,” she said, “but one guy wanted to know why I hadn’t plugged his seed cleaning business!”

The guide article showcased the work of Christensen as well as that of researchers Michele Loewen, Peiqang Yu, Larry Gusta, Martin Reaney and Lester Young. Loewen, a protein crystallographer at the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute, is an expert in how plants respond physiologically to cold and drought while Yu of the U of S worked with Christensen to map the nutrients in barley to understand why different types of barley are better as animal feed.

U of S researchers Gusta and Reaney along with Young, an Agriculture Canada research fellow, are using the synchrotron to study canola seeds.

Christensen is also working with Industrial Science Associate Toju Ogunremi on questions in agriculture and animal science research that have synchrotron-based solutions. One example is the discovery that a synchrotron spectroscopic technique could be used to determine the effectiveness of animal mineral supplements, a finding that is often cited as as one of the successes of ‘big science’ in ag-biotech.

Matthew Dalzell is Communications Coordinator at the CLS

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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