Christina Eynck, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

I develop new germplasm and varieties of the alternative oilseed crops camelina (Camelina sativa) and carinata (Brassica carinata) and conduct research on these crops in the areas of genetics, genomics and phenomics.

Current research and/or projects

  • Development of camelina (Camelina sativa) and Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata) cultivars with improved agronomic and quality traits adapted to the Canadian Prairies
  • Genetic enhancement of camelina and Ethiopian mustard germplasm
  • Development of a pollination control system in Ethiopian mustard and Polish canola (B. rapa)
  • Phenotyping of Ethiopian mustard  and camelina mapping populations for the development of molecular markers associated with agronomic and quality traits

Research and/or project statements

  • The development and breeding of alternative crops for new food and non-food uses aims to support economic and ecological sustainability of Western Canadian agriculture through increased diversification of crops and biodiversity in the agricultural landscape

Education and awards


  • 2008                Ph.D. (Agricultural Sciences), Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2002                M.Sc. (Agricultural Sciences), Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany
  • 2002                B.Sc. (Agricultural Sciences), Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany
  • 1999                Intermediate Diploma (Biology), Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany


  • Prize for Best Poster at the 2018 Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops in London, ON: 2018
  • Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories (NSERC): 2008
  • Highest mark in the 2002 Agricultural Sciences graduating class: 2002

International experience and/or work

  • 2017 -              Research Scientist, Oilseed Breeding for Biofuels and Bioproducts, AAFC-SRDC
  • 2011-2017       Plant Breeder (Camelina sativa), Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc., Saskatoon, SK
  • 2008-2011       Visiting fellow in Canadian Government Laboratories (NSERC), AAFC-SRDC
  • 2002-2003       Research Fellow, Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.

Key publications

  1. Eynck, C. and Falk, K.C. (2013). "Camelina (Camelina sativa).", in Singh, B.P. (ed.) - Biofuel crops: Production, physiology and genetics, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 17, pp. 369-391.

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  2. Eynck, C., Shrestha, D., Vollmann, J., Falk, K.C., and Friedt, W. (2013). "Sustainable oil crops production.", in Singh, B.P. (ed.) - Biofuel Crop Sustainability, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 5, pp. 165-204.

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  3. Eynck, C. (2012). "Camelina sativa – an old crop with new prospects in sustainable agriculture.", Plant Canada 2012 (joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA), Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)): Adapting Crops to Change, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 16-19, 2012.

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  4. Kutcher, H.R., Eynck, C., Gossen, B.D., Turkington, T.K., Brandt, S.A., and Xi, K. (2012). "Disease implications of canola-intensive crop rotations.", in Beckie, H.J. and Hall, L.M. (eds.) - Topics in Canadian Weed Science. Vol. 9. New Crops and Crops with Second-Generation Traits, Canadian Weed Science Society – Société canadienne de malherbologie, Pinawa, MB, pp. 49-66.

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  5. Eynck, C., Séguin-Swartz, G., Clarke, W.E., Parkin, I.A.P. (2012). Monolignol biosynthesis is associated with resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Camelina sativa, 13(8), 887-899.

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  6. Kutcher, H.R., Eynck, C., Gossen, B.D., Turkington, T.K., and Brandt, S.A. (2011 accepted). "Implications of Canola Intensive Crop Rotations, in Canadian Weed Science Society", Topics in Canadian Weed Science.

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  7. Eynck, C., Clarke, W.E., Séguin-Swartz, G.T., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2011). "Stopping the enemy in its tracks – towards understanding the role of monolignol biosynthesis in resistance of Camelina sativa to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 33(2), pp. 275. (Abstract)

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  8. Eynck, C., Clarke, W.E., Sidebottom, C., Sharpe, A.G., Séguin-Swartz, G.T., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2011). "Molecular analysis of resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Camelina sativa.", 13th International Rapeseed Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, June 5-9, 2011.

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  9. Eynck, C., Clarke, W.E., Sidebottom, C., Séguin-Swartz, G.T., Sharpe, A.G., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2011). "A new crop threatened by a long-known pathogen: studies on resistance of Camelina sativa to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", Camelina Project (Genome Atlantic) Annual General Meeting, Truro, NS, Canada, June 2011.

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  10. Eynck, C., Singh, R., Higgins, E.E., Gugel, R.K., Huebert, T., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2010). "Development of genomic resources for Camelina sativa.", 17th Crucifer Genetics Workshop Brassica, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, September 5-8, 2010.

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Research facility

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2


  • Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Grain Crops (SACGC)

  • Canadian Seed Growers’ Association



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