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. 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

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  2. Diederichsen, A., Kusters, P.M., Kessler, D., Bainas, Z., and Gugel, R.K. (2013). "Assembling a core collection from the flax world collection maintained by Plant Gene Resources of Canada.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 60(4), pp. 1479-1485. doi : 10.1007/s10722-012-9936-1

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  3. Diederichsen, A. (2012). "Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) in the Canadian genebank.", Western Canadian Crop Production Show 2012, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, January 9, 2012. (Poster)

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  4. Diederichsen, A. (2012). "The Canadian national genebank and oat.", University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 27, 2012. (Presentation)

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  5. Buchwaldt, L., Shaikh, R., Diederichsen, A., Harrington, M., Adam, J., and Conner, R.L. (2012). "Sources of resistance to Colletotrichum truncatum in lentil obtained by cycles of single plant selection in diverse germplasm.", 9th Canadian Pulse Crop Research Workshop, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-9, 2012. (Abstract)

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  6. Diederichsen, A. (2012). "Åsmund Bjørnstad: Vårt daglege brød- kornets kulturhistorie [Our daily bread – cultural history of cereals]. 2010, Vidarforlaget, Oslo, Norway, 255 pp. 68 references, in Neo Norwegian language ISBN: 978-82-7900-102-0. Book review.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 59, pp. 965-966.

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  7. Diederichsen, A., Blackburn, H.D., and Plante, Y. (2012). "The reduction in biodiversity in agriculture: myth or reality?", 5th World Congress of Agronomists and Agrologists, Québec City Convention Centre, Québec City, QC, Canada, September 17-21, 2012.

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  8. Fu, Y.B., Diederichsen, A., and Allaby, R.G. (2012). "Locus-specific view of flax domestication history.", Ecology and Evolution, 2(1), pp. 139-152. doi : 10.1002/ece3.57

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  9. Diederichsen, A., Rozhkov, R.V., Korzhenevsky, V.V., and Boguslavskij, R.L. (2012). "Collecting genetic resources of crop wild relatives in Crimea, Ukraine, in 2009.", Crop Wild Relative, 8, pp. 34-38.

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  10. Uysal, H., Kurt, O., Fu, Y.B., Diederichsen, A., Kusters, P. (2012). Variation in phenotypic characters of pale flax (Linum bienne Mill.) from Turkey. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 59(1), 19-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-011-9663-z

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  11. Diederichsen, A., Vishnyakova, M., and Vandenberg, A. (2011). "Lentils: The Saskatchewan – Russia Connection.", PulsePoint, pp. 38-39.

    2011 - View publication details

  12. Diederichsen, A. (2011). "Research in flax, oat and chickpea at the Canadian national genebank for improved collection utilization.", Seminar at Swedish Agricultural University SLU, Alnarp, Sweden, May 19, 2011. (Presentation)

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  13. Diederichsen, A. (2011). "Characterization of Nordic cultivars and landraces of spring wheat released during the 20th century.", Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, Alnarp, Sweden, March 17, 2011. (Presentation)

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  14. Diederichsen, A. and McVetty, P.B.E. (2011). "Botany and Plant Breeding.", in Daun, J.K., Eskin, N.A.M. and Hickling, D. (eds.) - Canola: Chemistry, Production, Processing and Utilization (AOCS Monograph Series on Oilseeds), AOCS Press, Urbana, USA, Chapter 2, pp. 29-56.

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  15. Tullu, A., Diederichsen, A., Suvorova, G., and Vandenberg, A. (2011). "Genetic and genomic resources of lentil: status, use and prospects.", Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, 9(1), pp. 19-29. doi : 10.1017/S1479262110000353

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  16. Dhanda, R.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Diederichsen, A., and Beattie, A.D. (2010). "Better Oat Fat.", American Oat Workers Conference 2010, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, April 18-21, 2010, pp. 22.

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  17. Diederichsen, A. (2010). Phenotypic diversity of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosas L.) germplasm preserved by the Canadian genebank. Helia, [online] 33(53), 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.2298/HEL1053001D

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  18. Uysal, H., Fu, Y.B., Kurt, O., Peterson, G.W., Diederichsen, A., Kusters, P. (2010). Genetic diversity of cultivated flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) and its wild progenitor pale flax (Linum bienne Mill.) as revealed by ISSR markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 57(7), 1109-1119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-010-9551-y

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  19. Badaeva, E.D., Shelukhina, O.Y., Diederichsen, A., Loskutov, I.G., Pukhalskiy, V.A. (2010). Comparative cytogenetic analysis of Avena macrostachya and diploid C-genome Avena species. Genome, [online] 53(2), 125-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/G09-089

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  20. Hammer, K., Germeier, C., Diederichsen, A. (2009). "Evolution, status and perspectives for landraces in Europe.", in Veteläinen M., Negri V. and Maxted N. (eds.) - European landraces: on-farm conservation, management and use. Bioversity Technical Bulletin No. 15, Bioversity International, pp. 23-44.

    2009 - 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