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. (2009). "Sabine Landsrath and Karl Hammer: Pflanzliche Agrarbiodiversität - eine essayisistische Überarbeitung Friedrich Alefelds "Landwirthschaftlicher Flora" von 1866 [Plant agrobiodiversity-an essayistic review of Friedrich Alefeld’s “Agricultural Flora” from 1866]. Review.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 56(1), pp. 143-144.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Diederichsen, A., Ulrich, A. (2009). Variability in stem fibre content and its association with other characteristics in 1177 flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) genebank accessions. Industrial Crops and Products, [online] 30(1), 33-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2009.01.002

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  4. Diederichsen, A. (2009). Duplication assessments in Nordic Avena sativa accessions at the Canadian national genebank. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 56(4), 587-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-008-9388-9

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  5. Diederichsen, A., Kusters, P.M., and Richards, K.W. (2008). "Plant Gene Resources of Canada - Diverse species of the genus Linum.", 2 pages. (Factsheet)

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  6. Diederichsen, A. (2008). "Beans prove it: Home Gardens are Hot Spots for Crop Evolution.", Seeds of Diversity Canada, 21(3), pp. 12-15.

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  7. Diederichsen, A. (2008). "Future involvement of the Global Crop Diversity Trust in oat germplasm work and opportunities for funding.", Meeting of the Global Oat Diversity Network, Minneapolis Radisson Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2 July, 2008. (Presentation)

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  8. Diederichsen, A. and Germeier, C. (2008). "Trends in conservation and utilization of oat genetic resources.", 8th International Oat Conference (IOC): Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives, Minneapolis Radisson Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, USA, June 28-July 2, 2008.

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  9. Diederichsen, A. and Richards, K.W. (2008). "Plant Gene Resources of Canada - Pulse Crop Diversity from the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.", 2 pages. (Factsheet)

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  10. Diederichsen, A. (2008). "Lessons learnt from beans: home gardens as hot-spots for crop evolution.", - Seed Savers 2008. Summer Edition, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA, USA, pp. 32-36.

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  11. Diederichsen, A. and Fu, Y.B. (2008). "Flax genetic diversity as the raw material for future success.", 2008 International Conference on Flax and Other Bast Plants, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-23, 2008, pp. 270-280.

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  12. Diederichsen, A., Raney, J.P. (2008). Pure-lining of flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) genebank accessions for efficiently exploiting and assessing seed character diversity. Euphytica, [online] 164(1), 255-273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10681-008-9725-2

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  13. Diederichsen, A. (2008). Assessments of genetic diversity within a world collection of cultivated hexaploid oat (Avena sativa L.) based on qualitative morphological characters. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 55(3), 419-440. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-007-9249-y

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  14. Diederichsen, A., Rozhmina, T.A., Kudrjavceva, L.P. (2008). Variation patterns within 153 flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) genebank accessions based on evaluation for resistance to fusarium wilt, anthracnose and pasmo. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, [online] 6(1), 22-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1479262108913897

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  15. Diederichsen, A., Boguslavskij, R.L., Halan, M.S., and Richards, K.W. (2007). "Collecting plant genetic resources in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains within the territory of Ukraine in 2005.", Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter, 151, pp. 14-21.

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  16. Diederichsen, A. (2007). "Surviving first-generation immigrants to Saskatchewan.", - Seed Savers 2007. Summer Edition, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA, USA.

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  17. Wiersema, J.H., Porcher, M., Baum, B.R., Chauvet, M., Dawson, S., Diederichsen, A., Green, N., Groth, D., Hammer, K., Hetterscheid, W.L.A., Himmel, P., Jarvis, C.E., Mannino, M.R., Pistrick, K., and van Ettekoven, K. (2007). ISTA List of Stabilized Plant Names. 5th Edition., International Testing Association (ISTA), Bassersdorf, Switzerland.

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  18. Diederichsen, A. (2007). "Ex-situ collections of cultivated flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) and other species of the genus Linum L.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 54(3), pp. 661-678. doi : 10.1007/s10722-006-9119-z

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  19. Diederichsen, A. (2006). "Results of a Phenotypic Characterization of a Large Avena sativa Germplasm Collection.", American Oat Workers Conference 2006, Fargo, ND, USA, July 23-26, 2006.

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  20. Diederichsen, A., Rozhmina, T.A., Zhuchenko, A.A., and Richards, K.W. (2006). "Screening for broad adaptation in 96 flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) accessions under dry and warm conditions in Canada and Russia.", Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter, 146, pp. 7-14.

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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