Dr. Axel Diederichsen

Image Axel Diederichsen
Research Scientist, Curator

Research Scientist and Curator at Plant Gene Resources Canada (PGRC), the Canadian national genebank for plant genetic resources for food and agricultrure.

- Managing seed genebank

- Initiating and conducting research

- Representing PGRC at national and international fora

Current research and/or projects

- Managing seed genebank Plant Gene Resources of Canada as part ot project AAFC's Biological Collections

- Research on cadmium accumulation in flax germplasm


Research and/or project statements

- Research in cereal germplasm divserity (oats, wheta, triticale)

- National Focal Point for International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

- National Focal Point for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to FAO Commission on Genetic Resources

- National Focal Point for Biodiversity for food and Agriculture to FAO Commission on Genetic Resources.

Professional activities / interests

- Diverstity and evolution of cultvated plants

- Plant genetic resourcces globally

Education and awards

 Dr. sc. agr. (Ph.D. equivalent) Georg-August-Uinivseristy, Göttingen, Germany, 1993

International experience and/or work

- 2010–2011, Senior Research Scientist, Nordic Genetic Resource Center, Alnarp, Sweden


- 1998, Assistant Plant Breeder, Getreidezüchtunsforschungforschung Darzau, Germany

- 1993-1997, Research Associate, Curator and Graduate Student, IPK Gatersleben, Germany-

Key publications

  1. Agricultural Innovations (Volume V) https://collab.agr.gc.ca/br-dg/stb-dgst/Documents/Annual%20Publications/Agricultural%20Innovations%20Vol%20V.pdf

    2022 - View publication details

  2. Diederichsen A. and Davidson C. (Eds.) 2022. Canada’s Country Report for the Third Report on the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Ottawa, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. ISBN: 978-0-660-42274-9. 106 pp

    2022 - View publication details

  3. N/A

    2019 - View publication details

  4. Fu, Y.B., Yang, M.H., Horbach, C., Kessler, D., Diederichsen, A., You, F.M., Wang, H. (2017). Patterns of SSR variation in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seeds under ex situ genebank storage and accelerated ageing. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 64(2), 277-290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-015-0349-9

    2017 - View publication details

  5. Yan, H., Bekele, W. A., Wight, C. P., Peng, Y., Langdon, T., Latta, R. G., Fu, Y.-B., Diederichsen, A., Howarth, C. J., Jellen, E. N., Boyle, B., Wei, Y., and Tinker, N. A., 2016: High-density marker profiling confirms ancestral genomes of Avena species and identifies D-genome chromosomes of hexaploid oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129, 2133–2149.

    2016 - View publication details

  6. Yan, H., Martin, S.L., Bekele, W.A., Latta, R.G., Diederichsen, A., Peng, Y., Tinker, N.A. (2016). Genome size variation in the genus Avena. Genome, [online] 59(3), 209-220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/gen-2015-0132

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  7. Diederichsen, A. and Jones-Flory, L.L. (2015). "Monitoring oilseeds, legumes and cereals in seed storage at Plant Gene Resources of Canada.", International Society for Seed Science (ISSS) "Seed Longevity Workshop", Wernigerode, Germany, July 5-8, 2015, pp. 57. (Abstract)

    2015 - View publication details

  8. Diederichsen, A., Jones-Flory, L.L., and Kessler, D. (2015). "Optimizing and applying accelerated seed ageing tests to assess flax (L. usitatissimum) of different seed colour.", International Society for Seed Science (ISSS) "Seed Longevity Workshop", Wernigerode, Germany, July 5-8, 2015, pp. 102. (Abstract)

    2015 - View publication details

  9. Fu, Y.B., Ahmed, Z., and Diederichsen, A. (2015). "Towards a better monitoring of seed ageing under ex situ seed conservation.", Conservation Physiology, 3(1: cov026), pp. 1-16. doi : 10.1093/conphys/cov026

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  10. Diederichsen, A. (2014). "Distribution of seed germplasm from plant gene resources of Canada. (http://publications.gc.ca/site/archivee-archived.html?url=http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/aac-aafc/A47-8-20-2013-eng.pdf)", Potato Gene Resources Newsletter, 20, pp. 1-4.

    2014 - View publication details

  11. Diederichsen, A., Kessler, D., and Sander, T. (2014). "Seed characteristics in cultivated Cicer arietinum and wild Cicer species preserved by Plant Gene Resources of Canada.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014, https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=cwxhU4PdCePN8gfXmYD4CA#q=Diederichsen%2C+A.1*%2C+Kessler%2C+D.1%2C+and+Sander%2C+T.1, pp. 135. (Abstract)

    2014 - View publication details

  12. Diederichsen, A. (2014). "Structure of the oat genepool at Plant Gene Resources of Canada. (http://oatnews.org/Oat_Newsletter_reports.htm)", Oat Newsletter, 51.

    2014 - View publication details

  13. Solberg, S.Ø., Diederichsen, A., Breian, L., and Poulsen, G. (2014). "Genebank interactions with the seed sector in the Nordic and Arctic regions.", International Conference on ENHANCED GENEPOOL UTILIZATION - Capturing wild relative and landrace diversity for crop improvement, Cambridge, UK, June 16-20, 2014, Book of Abstracts. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy, pp. 136. (Abstract)

    2014 - View publication details

  14. Soto-Cerda, B.J., Diederichsen, A., Duguid, S., Booker, H., Rowland, G., Cloutier, S. (2014). The potential of pale flax as a source of useful genetic variation for cultivated flax revealed through molecular diversity and association analyses. Molecular Breeding, [online] 34(4), 2091-2107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11032-014-0165-5

    2014 - View publication details

  15. Soto-Cerda, B.J., Duguid, S., Booker, H., Rowland, G., Diederichsen, A., Cloutier, S. (2014). Genomic regions underlying agronomic traits in linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) as revealed by association mapping, 56(1), 75-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jipb.12118

    2014 - View publication details

  16. Soto-Cerda, B.J., Duguid, S., Booker, H., Rowland, G., Diederichsen, A., Cloutier, S. (2014). Association mapping of seed quality traits using the Canadian flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) core collection, 127(4), 881-896. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-014-2264-4

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  17. Zhang, T., Lamb, E.G., Soto-Cerda, B., Duguid, S., Cloutier, S., Rowland, G., Diederichsen, A., Booker, H.M. (2014). Structural equation modeling of the Canadian flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) core collection for multiple phenotypic traits, 94(8), 1325-1332. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS-2014-158

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  18. Soto-Cerda, B.J., Diederichsen, A., Ragupathy, R., Cloutier, S. (2013). Genetic characterization of a core collection of flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) suitable for association mapping studies and evidence of divergent selection between fiber and linseed types. BMC Plant Biology, [online] 13(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2229-13-78

    2013 - View publication details

  19. Jha, A.B., Arganosa, G., Tar'an, B., Diederichsen, A., Warkentin, T.D. (2013). Characterization of 169 diverse pea germplasm accessions for agronomic performance, Mycosphaerella blight resistance and nutritional profile. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 60(2), 747-761. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-012-9871-1

    2013 - View publication details

  20. Diederichsen, A., Solberg, S.Ø., and Jeppson, S. (2013). "Morphological changes in Nordic spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars released from 1982 to 1994 and a comparison with landraces.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 60(2), pp. 569-585. doi : 10.1007/s10722-012-9858-y

    2013 - View publication details

Research facility

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2


- PROCINORTE Taskfore on Plant Genetic Resources of Inetr-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

- Nomenclature Committee of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)

- Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group (CWRSG) of the International Union of Conservation (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC)

- International Seed Morphology Association



Other languages

German, Russian, Norwegian