Dr. Solen Rocher

Research scientist

Molecular genetics of perenial forage crops

Current research and/or projects

Development of molecular tools to uncover molecular basis of complex traits and accelerate breeding of perenial forage legumes.

Research and/or project statements

• increasing fall productivity of winter-hardy alfalfa,

• improving winter survival of forage legumes,

• increasing the digestibility and energy of Canadian forages fed to high producing dairy cows,

• explore the genetic diversity of QRDC rhizobium collection to identify cold-tolerant strains in association with for forage legumes growing in cold soils.

Professional activities / interests

• Application of next-generation sequencing techniques for high-throughput genotyping of breeding populations.

• Genome-wide identification of candidate genes using quantitative and population genetics.

• Functional characterization and diversity analysis of candidate genes.

• Genetic diversity analysis of forage crops and symbiotic microorganisms involved in nitrogen fixation.

Education and awards

Ph. D.    2012      Plant Integrative Biology        Université Montpellier 2 (France)

M. Sc.   2008      Biologie-Agronomie-Santé      Université de Rennes 1 (France)

Key publications

  1. D'Amours, E., Cloutier, J. Bertrand, A., Claessens, A., Rocher, S. et Audy, P. 2019. Identification de souches de rhizobium tolérantes aux basses températures pour le trèfle, le sainfoin et le lotier. Affiche présentée à la journée d'information scientifique sur les bovins laitiers et les plantes fourragères, Drummonville, Québec (Canada)

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  2. Bertrand, A. Claessens, A., Rocher, S. 2018. An Indoor screening method for reduced dormancy in alfalfa, In : Brazauskas, G., Statkeviciute, G. Janaviciene, K. (eds) Breeding grasses and protein crops in the era of genomics. Springer International Publishing. pp.209-214

    2018 - View publication details

  3. Audy, P., Rocher, S., and Claessens, A. 2017.
    Aphanomyces and Phytophthora root rot tolerance in alfalfa: recurrent selection and marker development under stringent disease conditions.
    Can. J. Plant Pathol. 39: 544

    2017 - View publication details

  4. Bertrand, A., Bipfubusa, M., Claessens, A., Rocher, S., Castonguay, Y. (2017). Effect of photoperiod prior to cold acclimation on freezing tolerance and carbohydrate metabolism in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), 264 122-128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2017.09.003

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  5. Claessens Annie, François Langevin, Annick Bertrand, and Solen Rocher. 2017. Development of an indoor freezing tolerance test for switchgrass. ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2017. Tampa, Oct 22-25 2017.

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  6. Thivierge, M.-N., Audy, P., Bélanger, G., Claessens, A., Bertrand, A., Rocher, S., Tremblay, G., Jégo, G., and Lajeunesse, J. 2017. Systèmes racinaires: la force cachée! Congrès de l’Ordre des Agronomes du Québec (OAQ), Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, September 21, 2017

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  7. Annick Bertrand, Annie Claessens and Solen Rocher. 2017. An indoor screening method for reduced fall dormancy in alfalfa. Eucarpia, Vilnius, Lithuania, 11-14 September 2017.

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  8. Bertrand, A., Claessens, A., Thivierge, M.-N., and Rocher, S. 2017. Breeding for cell wall characteristics linked to improved saccharification efficiency in alfalfa. Plant Biology 2017, Honolulu, June 24-28 2017.

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  9. Audy, P., Rocher, S., & Claessens, A. (2017, 7-9 Juin). Amélioration de la résistance à deux oomycètes pathogènes des racines chez la luzerne: sélection récurrente et assistée par marqueurs moléculaires. Papier présenté au 107e Congrès annuel de la Société de Protection des Plantes du Québec, Sainte-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec (Canada).

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  10. Gaëtan Tremblay, Gilles Bélanger, Annie Claessens, Annick Bertrand, Guillaume Jégo, Marie-Noëlle Thivierge, Solen Rocher et Julie Lajeunesse. 2017. Nutritive value of forage crops. Valeur nutritive des plantes fourragères. Journée portes ouvertes-Agropur-Field day. CRD de Sherbrooke. 7 juin 2017

    2017 - View publication details

Affiliations

Membre du comité Plantes fourragères du CRAAQ.

Member of “Centre SEVE”, interinstitutionnal vegetal science research center.

Language

English
French