Dr. Jillian D. Bainard

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Research Scientist

Forage Ecophysiology

Current research and/or projects

As a Forage Ecophysiologist, my research involves studying forage crops and the interface between plants and their environment. I collaborate with many other disciplines (forage breeders, ecologists, animal scientists, soil scientists, economists) to develop forage practices that are beneficial nutritionally, environmentally, and economically.

Current research areas include:

  • Diverse annual forage crops (polycultures, cover crops)
  • Integrated crop-livestock systems 
  • Plant response to stress
  • Plant endopolyploidy and genome size
  • Plant ecology in rangeland ecosystems

Research and/or project statements

Publications:

Galbraith D, Loureiro J, Antoniadi I, Bainard J, et al. 2021. Best practices in plant cytometry. Cytometry Part A https://doi.org/10.1002/cyto.a.24295

Bainard LD, Evans B, Malis E, Yang T, Bainard JD. 2020. Influence of annual plant diversity on forage productivity and nutrition, soil chemistry, and soil microbial communities. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.00092 

Bainard JD, Serajchi M, Bainard LD, Schellenberg MP, Lamb EG. 2020. Impact of diverse annual forage mixtures on weed control in a semiarid environment. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.00092

Bainard JD, Newmaster SG, Budke JM. 2020. Genome size and endopolyploidy evolution across the moss phylogeny. Annals of Botany 125: 543-555.

Karppinen EM, Payment J, Chatterton S, Bainard JD, Hubbard M, Gan Y, Bainard LD. 2020. Distribution and abundance of Aphanomyces euteiches in agricultural soils: effect of land use type, soil properties, and crop management practices. Applied Soil Ecology 150: 103470 doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.103470

Bainard LD, Dai M, Gomez EF, Torres-Arias Y, Bainard JD, Sheng M, Hamel C. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities are influenced by agricultural land use and not soil type among the Chernozem great groups of the Canadian Prairies. Plant and Soil 387: 351-362.

Henry TA, Bainard JD, Newmaster SG. 2014. Genome size evolution in Ontario ferns (Polypodiidae): evolutionary correlations with cell size, spore size, and habitat type and an absence of genome downsizing. Genome 57: 555-566.

Bainard LD, Bainard JD, Hamel C, Gan Y. 2014. Spatial and temporal structuring of arbuscular mycorrhizal communities is differentially influenced by abiotic factors and host crop in a semi-arid prairie agroecosystem. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 88: 333-344.

Bainard JD, Villarreal JC. 2013. Genome size increases in recently diverged hornwort lineages. Genome 56: 431-435.

Bainard JD, Gregory TR. 2013. Genome size evolution: patterns, mechanisms and methodological advances. Genome 56: vii-viii.

Bainard JD, Forrest LL, Goffinet B, Newmaster SG. 2013. Nuclear DNA content variation and evolution in liverworts. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 619-627.

McCracken A, Bainard JD, Miller MC, Husband BC. 2013. Pathways of introduction of the invasive aquatic plant Cabomba caroliniana. Ecology and Evolution 3: 1427-1439.

Liu Y, Forrest LL, Bainard JD, Budke JM, Goffinet B. 2013. Organellar genome, nuclear ribosomal DNA repeat unit and microsatellites isolated from a small-scale of 454 GS FLX sequencing on two mosses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 1089-1094.

Bainard JD*, Bainard LD*, Henry TA, Fazekas AJ, Newmaster SG. 2012. A multivariate analysis of variation in genome size and endoreduplication in angiosperms reveals strong phylogenetic signal and association with phenotypic traits. New Phytologist 196: 1240-1250. *authors contributed equally

Bainard JD, Husband BC, Baldwin SJ, Fazekas AJ, Gregory TR, Newmaster SG, Kron P. 2011. The effects of rapid desiccation on estimates of plant genome size. Chromosome Research 19: 825-842.

Bainard JD, Henry TA, Bainard LD, Newmaster SG. 2011. DNA content variation in monilophytes and lycophytes: large genomes that are not endopolyploid. Chromosome Research 19: 763-775.

Bainard LD*, Bainard JD*, Newmaster SG, Klironomos JN. 2011. Mycorrhizal symbiosis stimulates endoreduplication in angiosperms. Plant, Cell & Environment 34: 1577-1585. *authors contributed equally

Bainard JD, Newmaster SG. 2010. Endopolyploidy in bryophytes: widespread in mosses, absent in liverworts. Journal of Botany doi:10.1155/2010/316356.

Bainard JD, Fazekas AJ, Newmaster SG. 2010. Methodology significantly affects genome size estimates: quantitative evidence using bryophytes. Cytometry Part A 77A: 725-732.

Education and awards

Ph.D. Botany, University of Guelph, 2011

B.Sc. Environmental Science, Trinity Western University, 2003

Key publications

  1. Bainard, L.D., Dai, M., Gomez, E.F., Torres-Arias, Y., Bainard, J.D., Sheng, M., Eilers, W., Hamel, C. (2015). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities are influenced by agricultural land use and not soil type among the Chernozem great groups of the Canadian Prairies, 387(1-2), 351-362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-014-2288-1

    2015 - View publication details

  2. Bainard, L.D., Bainard, J.D., Hamel, C., Gan, Y. (2014). Spatial and temporal structuring of arbuscular mycorrhizal communities is differentially influenced by abiotic factors and host crop in a semi-arid prairie agroecosystem, 88(2), 333-344. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1574-6941.12300

    2014 - View publication details

Research facility

1 Airport Road
Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2
Canada

Language

English