Jonathan A. D. Neilson
Potato is an intensive crop to grow with relatively high input costs, but is also highly profitable. Increasing efficiency of growing potato by suppressing disease and reducing input costs will improve profitability and minimize the agricultural impact to soil quality and the surrounding environment. To accomplish these goals research activities include i) development of cheaper diagnostic tools that take advantage of new technologies in next generation sequencing and automation, ii) development of markers linked to desirable traits for breeding superior germplasm stock and iii) identification of beneficial endosymbionts for disease suppression as well as increased water and fertilizer use efficiency to minimize negative impacts of growing potato on soil health. Results of these research projects are aimed towards technology transfers to industry stakeholders, agronomists and breeders.
Current research and/or projects
Development of cheaper diagnostic tools that take advantage of new technologies in next generation sequencing and automation, development of markers linked to desirable traits for breeding superior germplasm stock and identification of beneficial microbes for disease suppression as well as increased water and fertilizer use efficiency to minimize negative impacts of growing potato on soil health.
Research and/or project statements
Development of diagnostic tools to improve potato health, quality and yield
Evaluation of crop and storage management practises on potato yield and quality
Identification of beneficial microbial organisms to improve potato health
Professional activities / interests
Plant stress physiology
Education and awards
PhD University of New Brunswick, Department of Biology, 2015
BSc (Honors) University Of New Brunswick, Biology, 2008
De Koeyer, D., V. Dickison, K. Gardner, B. Bizimungu, D. Chen, C. Goyer, L. Kawchuk, D. Main, J. Neilson, X. Nie, A. Smith, and H. Tai. 2019. Modernization of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Breeding Program. p. 34. In: Northeast Potato Technology Forum 2019 Conspectus. March 20-21, Charlottetown, PE.2019 - View publication details
Neilson, J., Lagüe, M., Thomson, S., Aurousseau, F., Murphy, A.M., Bizimungu, B., Deveaux, V., Bègue, Y., Jacobs, J.M.E., Tai, H.H. (2017). Gene expression profiles predictive of cold-induced sweetening in potato, 17(4), 459-476. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10142-017-0549-92017 - View publication details