Dr. Bao-Luo Ma

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Research Scientist

Dr. Ma conducts nationally and internationally recognized research that supports the STB science priorities of identifying plant traits for cultivar improvement, and designing best management strategies and crop production systems that improve agriculture productivity, sustainability and profitability.

Specifically, his research projects are designed to understand crop plant reactions to abiotic stresses as well as to develop risk assessment technologies for different environment-induced stresses in crop stand establishment, growth, development, and yield formation under nutrient-limited (deficiency or over-fertilization), saline, drought, cold, crowded or other adverse conditions.  The overall objectives are identification, understanding, and mitigation of risks associated with abiotic stresses impacting cropping systems. 

Current research and/or projects

Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Soil Sustainability in Canola Production across Canada

Breeding, Genomics, and Agronomy Research to Improve Oat Yield and Quality

Investigation of Critical Tissue Sulfur Concentration and Nitrogen to Sulfur Ratio for Optimizing Canola Production in Eastern Canada

Research and/or project statements

Developing crop-based indicators for detecting abiotic stresses and sensing crop nutrient requirements

Systematic assessment of nutrient cycling in agroecosystems

Understanding the physiological basis for the growth, development and yield of oats and other field crops

Mitigating risks of abiotic stresses impacting crop production systems

Professional activities / interests

Improving nutrient use efficiency of grain cereal and oilseed crops

Developing best management practices

Advancing knowledge and developing technologies for more efficient use of plant nutrients and achieve concurrent improvements in NUE, crop yields, and producers' profit as well as sustaining the environment across different ecoregions in Canada

Education and awards

Ph.D. Agronomy, McGill University, 1991

Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 2007

Fellow, Canadian Society of Agronomy, 2011

Fellow of Crop Science Society of America, 2012

 

International experience and/or work

Served two 3-year terms as the Technical Editor of Crop Science journal

Served a 3-year term as a Senior Associate Editor of Agronomy Journal

Co-supervised MSc. and PhD students, supervised post-doctoral fellows and international professors / researchers

Served as external examiner for PhD theses of Canadian and international universities

Key publications

  1. Wen, G., and B.L. Ma. 2021. Assessing canola nitrogen management strategies with machine learning-based modelling approach. Oral presentation at the Canadian Phytopathological Society- The Canadian Society of Agronomy- Canadian Society for Horticultural Science Tri-Society Virtual Conference. Jul. 5-9

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  2. Guo, X., Nan, Y., He, H., Ma, B.L., McLaughlin, N.B., Wu, X., Chen, B., Gao, Y. (2021). Post-flowering nitrogen uptake leads to the genotypic variation in seed nitrogen accumulation of oilseed rape. Plant and Soil, [online] 461(1-2), 281-294. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04815-7

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  3. Li, P., Ma, B., Palta, J.A., Ding, T., Cheng, Z., Lv, G., Xiong, Y. (2021). Wheat breeding highlights drought tolerance while ignores the advantages of drought avoidance: A meta-analysis. European Journal of Agronomy, [online] 122 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2020.126196

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  4. Ma, B.L. 2020. A nutrient balance approach to growing canola in Eastern Canada. Canala FactSheets. Eastern Canada Oilseed Development Alliance (ECODA). Charlottetown, PEI Canada. https://www.ecodainc.ca/fertility/

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  5. Ma, B.L., Zheng, Z.M., de Silva, N., Whalen, J.K., Pageau, D., Vanasse, A., Caldwell, C., Earl, H., Smith, D.L. (2020). Graphical analysis of nitrogen and sulfur supply on yield and related traits of canola in eastern Canada. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, [online] 118(3), 293-309. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10705-020-10097-3

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  6. Xiong, L., Liang, C., Ma, B., Shah, F., Wu, W. (2020). Carbon footprint and yield performance assessment under plastic film mulching for winter wheat production, 270 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122468

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  7. Wu, W., Shah, F., Duncan, R.W., Ma, B.L. (2020). Grain yield, root growth habit and lodging of eight oilseed rape genotypes in response to a short period of heat stress during flowering, 287 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.107954

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  8. Ma, B., Ma, B.L., McLaughlin, N.B., Mi, J., Yang, Y., Liu, J. (2020). Exploring soil amendment strategies with polyacrylamide to improve soil health and oat productivity in a dryland farming ecosystem: One-time versus repeated annual application. Land Degradation & Development, [online] 31(9), 1176-1192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3482

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  9. Biswas, D.K., Ma, B.L., Xu, H., Li, Y., Jiang, G. (2020). Lutein-mediated photoprotection of photosynthetic machinery in Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to chronic low ultraviolet-B radiation. Journal of Plant Physiology, [online] 248 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jplph.2020.153160

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  10. Ma, B., Zheng, Z.M. (2020). Canopy reflectance, stalk sugar and juice yields in specialty corn hybrids as affected by nitrogen management strategies. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, [online] 100(3), 1080-1091. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.10113

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  11. Dong, T., Shang, J., Liu, J., Qian, B., Jing, Q., Ma, B., Huffman, T., Geng, X., Sow, A., Shi, Y., Canisius, F., Jiao, X., Kovacs, J.M., Walters, D., Cable, J., Wilson, J. (2019). Using RapidEye imagery to identify within-field variability of crop growth and yield in Ontario, Canada. Precision Agriculture, [online] 20(6), 1231-1250. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11119-019-09646-w

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  12. Wang, Z., Ma, B.L., Yu, X., Gao, J., Sun, J., Su, Z., Yu, S. (2019). Physiological Basis of Heterosis for Nitrogen Use Efficiency of Maize. Scientific Reports, [online] 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-54864-x

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  13. Ma, B.L. 2019. Crop rotation: An effective system to improve crop production efficiency and minimize C footprints. Invited keynote speaker presentation at the 6th International Symposium on Environment, Natural Resources and Ecological Conservation (ISENREC2019). Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, November 24-30.

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  14. Dong, T., Shang, J., Chen, J.M., Liu, J., Qian, B., Ma, B., Morrison, M.J., Zhang, C., Liu, Y., Shi, Y., Pan, H., Zhou, G. (2019). Assessment of portable chlorophyll meters for measuring crop leaf chlorophyll concentration. Remote Sensing, [online] 11(22), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs11222706

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  15. Wu, W., Ma, B.L., Fan, J.J., Sun, M., Yi, Y., Guo, W.S., Voldeng, H.D. (2019). Management of nitrogen fertilization to balance reducing lodging risk and increasing yield and protein content in spring wheat, 241 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2019.107584

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  16. Ma, B.L., Zheng, Z., Whalen, J.K., Caldwell, C., Vanasse, A., Pageau, D., Scott, P., Earl, H., Smith, D.L. (2019). Uptake and nutrient balance of nitrogen, sulfur, and boron for optimal canola production in eastern Canada. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, [online] 182(2), 252-264. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201700615

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  17. Dong, T., Liu, J., Shang, J., Qian, B., Ma, B., Kovacs, J.M., Walters, D., Jiao, X., Geng, X., Shi, Y. (2019). Assessment of red-edge vegetation indices for crop leaf area index estimation. Remote Sensing of Environment, [online] 222 133-143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.12.032

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  18. Wu, W., Ma, B.L. (2019). Erect–leaf posture promotes lodging resistance in oat plants under high plant population, 103 175-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2018.12.010

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  19. Biswas, D.K., Ma, B.L., Morrison, M.J. (2019). Changes in leaf nitrogen and phosphorus content, photosynthesis, respiration, growth, and resource use efficiency of a rapeseed cultivar as affected by drought and high temperatures. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(4), 488-498. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-0023

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  20. Song, X., Zhou, G., Ma, B.L., Wu, W., Ahmad, I., Zhu, G., Yan, W., Jiao, X. (2019). Nitrogen application improved photosynthetic productivity, chlorophyll fluorescence, yield and yield components of two oat genotypes under saline conditions. Agronomy, [online] 9(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy9030115

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Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Adjunct Professor, Nipissing University

 

Language

English