Dr. Samir C. Debnath, P.Ag.
Current research and/or projects
1. Innovative techniques for screening, propagation and utilization of wild berry crops for sustainable northern agriculture
2. Tissue culture techniques for the rapid multiplication, selection and improvement of blueberry plants
3. Understanding Indigenous food systems and revitalizing key Indigenous food plants in Interior and Coastal regions of British Columbia
4. Lingonberry from the Prairies: Enhancing the sustainable development of lingonberry with health benefits
5. Blueberry development program: evaluation and selection under field condition
Research and/or project statements
The aim of research is to develop and improve in vitro and molecular technologies for propagation and characterization of northern berry crops, in broad and multi-disciplinary areas which diversify and add value to rural economies in northern summer regions of Canada at national and international levels. Research includes (i) new areas of berry micropropagation (somatic embryogenesis, stationary bioreactor) and molecular studies (DNA methylation, fingerprinting) leading to the development of new propagation techniques, (ii) to generate knowledge on clonal fidelity and epigenetics to support the berry industry in Canada and abroad and (iii) to characterize and utilize the wild berry germplasm for propagation, conservation, selection, property rights protection and genetic enhancement.
Professional activities / interests
Editor-in-Chief, Scientia Horticulturae (2013 - 2016).
Panel Chair of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Peer Review process for the NP 301 Panel 7B; Berries (2018) of the USDA, ARS 301 Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics & Genetic Improvement National Program 2017-18 (Cb-1.21).
Special Issue Editor (Guest Editor) of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Academic Editor and Editorial Board Members - Agronomy (MDPI), 2017 to present (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/editors).
Academic Editor and Editorial Board Members - Diversity (MDPI), 2009 to present (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/diversity/editors/).
President – Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS) – (2011 – 2016).
Registrar - Newfoundland and Labrador Institute of Agrologists (NLIA) – (2010- present).
Conference Co-Chair - 12th International Vaccinium Symposium, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2021.
Adjunct Professors and co-supervision of Ph.D. student - Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, Gautam Budha Nagar, India.
Adjunct Professor and co-supervision of Ph.D. students - Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Education and awards
Postdoc. Fed. Biol. Res. Centre, Germany 1985-1986
Postdoc. Nottingham University, U.K.
Ph.D. Indian Agric. Res. Institute, New Delhi 1982
M.Sc. Bangladesh Agric. University, Mymensingh 1974
B.Sc.Ag. (Hons.) Bangladesh Agric. University, Mymensingh 1973
Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) Award 2014
International experience and/or work
Collaborative research with colleagues in many countries including Norway, United States, India, Korea and Bangladesh.
Debnath, S.C., Arigundam, U. (2020). In vitro propagation strategies of medicinally important berry crop, lingonberry (vaccinium vitis-idaea l.), 10(5), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy100507442020 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C., Goyali, J.C. (2020). In vitro propagation and variation of antioxidant properties in micropropagated vaccinium berry plants—A review, 25(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/molecules250407882020 - View publication details
Siow, Y.L., Isaak, C.K., Madduma Hewage, S., Prashar, S., Debnath, S., and O, K. (2019) Renal protection by lingonberry supplementation. FASEB Science Research Conference: The Acute Kidney Injury Conference: From Bench to Bedside (and Back Again). July 21-25, 2019 Pacific Grove, CA, USA.2019 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C., An, D. (2019). Antioxidant properties and structured biodiversity in a diverse set of wild cranberry clones, 5(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e014932019 - View publication details
Ghosh, A., Igamberdiev, A.U., Debnath, S.C. (2018). Thidiazuron-induced somatic embryogenesis and changes of antioxidant properties in tissue cultures of half-high blueberry plants, 8(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35233-62018 - View publication details
Siow, Y.L. and Debnath, S.C. (2018). "Lingonberry Juice May Help Kidneys Heal - Weekly Science Story, Sep 12, 2018; circulated by Dr. Brian Gray, Assistant Deputy Minister, STB and Dr. Gilles Saindon, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, STB, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada."2018 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C. (2018). “Thidiazuron in micropropagation of small fruits.”, in Ahmad, N, and Faisal, M. (eds.) - Thidiazuron: From urea derivative to plant growth regulator, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore, pp. 139-158 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8004-3_6).2018 - View publication details
Goyali, J.C., Igamberdiev, A.U., Debnath, S.C. (2018). DNA methylation in lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.) propagated by softwood cutting and tissue culture, 98(5), 1035-1044. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2017-02972018 - View publication details
Tailor, S., Bykova, N.V., Igamberdiev, A.U., Debnath, S.C. (2017). Structural pattern and genetic diversity in blueberry (Vaccinium) clones and cultivars using EST-PCR and microsatellite markers, 64(8), 2071-2082. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-017-0497-12017 - View publication details
Siow Y.L., Isaak C.K., Prashar S., Stebbing J., Madduma Hewage S., Debnath S., and O K. (2017) Berries for your renal health. 2017 International Tropical Agriculture Conference. November 20-22, 2017 Brisbane, Australia, Abstract 179, Symposium Chair and Invited Talk.2017 - View publication details
Isaak, C.K., Wang, P., Prashar, S., Karmin, O., Brown, D.C.W., Debnath, S.C., Siow, Y.L. (2017). Supplementing diet with Manitoba lingonberry juice reduces kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury, 97(9), 3065-3076. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.82002017 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C. (2017). Temporary immersion and stationary bioreactors for mass propagation of true-to-type highbush, half-high, and hybrid blueberries (Vaccinium spp.), 92(1), 72-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14620316.2016.12246062017 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C. (2016). "Genetic Diversity and Erosion in Berries.", in Ahuja, M.R. and Jain, S.M. (eds.) - Genetic Diversity and Erosion in Plants, Case histories, Volume 2, Springer, pp. 75-129.2016 - View publication details
Abeywickrama, G., Debnath, S.C., Ambigaipalan, P., Shahidi, F. (2016). Phenolics of Selected Cranberry Genotypes (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) and Their Antioxidant Efficacy, 64(49), 9342-9351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.6b042912016 - View publication details
McKenzie, D.B., Debnath, S.C., Dixon, P.L., Bishop, G.A. Impact of surface mulch type on new plantings of half-high blueberry cultivars. Symposium Program Book, 3rd Biennial Symposium: Our Food, Our Future – Research that Feeds Newfoundland and Labrador, November 02-03, 2016, St. John’s, NL, Canada; p. 29-30, poster 6. (http://www.ourfoodourfuture.ca/agenda)2016 - View publication details
D.B. McKenzie*, S.C. Debnath, P.L. Dixon, and G.A. Bishop. 2016. Flower occurrence in a 2012 planting of four half-high blueberry cultivars in eastern Newfoundland as affected by surface mulch type. 58th Annual Farm Field day St. John's Research and Development Centre St. John's 2016/08/13. Poster2016 - View publication details
D.B. McKenzie*, S.C. Debnath, P.L. Dixon, and G.A. Bishop. 2016. Flower occurrence in a 2012 planting of four half-high blueberry cultivars in eastern Newfoundland as affected by surface mulch type. CSHS Annual Conference, Montreal. July 2016. p382016 - View publication details
Isaak, C.K., Wang, P., Prashar, S., Wong, M.H., O, K., Brown, D.C.W., Debnath, S.C., and Siow, Y.L. (2016) Lingonberry juice consumption protects the kidney against ischemic-reperfusion injury. Therapeutic Applications of Functional Food and Bioactives, April 21-23, 2016 Winnipeg, Canada2016 - View publication details
Siow, Y.L., Isaak, C.K., Prashar, S., Wong, M.H., Bhusal, A., O, K., Brown, D., Debnath, S., Ross, K., Blewett, H., Aliani, M., and Utioh, A. (2016) Health benefits of emerging crops in Canada. Therapeutic Applications of Functional Food and Bioactives, April 21-23, 2016 Winnipeg, Canada. Invited Speaker.2016 - View publication details
Debnath, S.C., McKenzie, D.B., Bishop, G.A., and Percival, D.C. (2016). "Strategic approaches to propagate berry crop nuclear stocks using a bioreactor.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1113, pp. 47-52. doi : 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1113.62016 - View publication details
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