Kirby T Nilsen

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Research Scientist

Sustainable Oat Breeding and Genomics

Current research and/or projects

  • Discovery, development and release of milling, feed and forage quality oats with improved nutritional quality and reduced business risk for production in a sustainable cropping system in western Canada.
  • Breeding oat cultivars for the rust-prone areas of the Canadian prairies
  • Breeding organic oat cultivars for western Canada

Professional activities / interests

  • Member of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley 
  • Coordinator of the Western Cooperative Oat Registration Trial

Key publications

2019

  • Xiang, D.  T. D. Quilichini, Z. Liu, P. Gao, Y. Pan, Q. Li, K. T. Nilsen, P. Venglat, E. Esteban, A. Pasha, Y. Wang, R. Wen, Z. Zhang, Z. Hao, E. Wang, Y. Wei, R. Cuthbert, L. V. Kochian, A. Sharpe, N. J. Provart, D. Weijers, S. Gillmor, C. J. Pozniak, R. Datla. 2019. The transcriptional landscape of polyploid wheats and their diploid ancestors during embryogenesis and grain development. The Plant Cell.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00397        
  • Haile, J. K., A. N’Diaye, S. Walkowiak, K. T. Nilsen, J. M. Clarke, H. R. Kutcher, B. Steiner, H. Buerstmayr and C. J. Pozniak. 2019. Fusarium Head Blight in Durum Wheat: Recent Status, Breeding Directions, and Future Research Prospects. Phytopathology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-03-19-0095-RVW
  • Kthiri, D., A. Loladze, A. N'Diaye, K. T. Nilsen, S. Walkowiak, S. Dreisigacker, K. Ammar and C. J. Pozniak. 2019. Mapping of genetic loci conferring resistance to leaf rust from three globally resistant durum wheat sources.  Frontiers in Plant Science. 10: 1247. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01247

2018

  • The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), R. Appels, K. Eversole, C. Feuillet, B. Keller, J. Rogers, N. Stein, C. J. Pozniak, F. Choulet, A. Distelfeld, J. Poland, G. Ronen, A. G. Sharpe, et. al. 2018. Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. Science. 361 (6403). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aar7191
  • A. N'Diaye, J.K. Haile, K. T. Nilsen, S. Walkowiak, Y. Ruan, A.K. Singh, F.R. Clarke, J.M. Clarke, C.J. Pozniak. 2018. Haplotype Loci under Selection in Canadian Durum Wheat Germplasm over 60 Years of Breeding: Association with Grain Yield, Quality Traits, Protein Loss and Plant Height. Frontiers in Plant Science. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01589
  • D. Kthiri, A. Loladze, P.R. MacLachlan, A. N'Diaye, S. Walkowiak, K.T. Nilsen, S. Dreisigacker, K. Ammar, C. J. Pozniak. 2018. Characterization and mapping of leaf rust resistance in four durum wheat cultivars. PLoS ONE. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197317 
  • Lin X., A N’Diaye, S. Walkowiak, K.T. Nilsen, A.T. Cory, et al. 2018. Genetic analysis of resistance to stripe rust in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum). PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203283. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203283

2017

  • Clarke J.M., K.T. Nilsen, D. Kthiri, X. Lin, and C.J. Pozniak. 2017. Durum wheat: production, challenges and opportunities. Langridge, P. (ed.), Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 2: Cultivation techniques, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK (ISBN: 978 1 78676 020 3; www.bdspublishing.com)
  • Nilsen, K.T., A. N’Diaye, P.R. MacLachlan, J.M. Clarke, Y. Ruan, R.D. Cuthbert, R.E. Knox, K. Wiebe, A.T. Cory, S. Walkowiak, B.L. Beres, R.J. Graf, F.R. Clarke, A.G. Sharpe, A. Distelfeld, and C.J. Pozniak. 2017. High density mapping and haplotype analysis of the major stem-solidness locus SSt1 in durum and common wheat. PLoS ONE. 12:e0175285. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175285

2016

  • Nilsen, K.T., J.M. Clarke, B.L. Beres and C.J. Pozniak. 2016. Sowing density and cultivar effects on pith expression in solid-stemmed durum wheat. Agronomy Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2134/agronj2015.0298

2015

Other science related publications

2019

  • Nilsen, K.T., S. Walkowiak, B. Byrns, T.D. Quilichini, P. Gao, D. Xiang, K. Wiebe, J, Ens, D. Kthiri, R. Datla, 2019, C.J. Pozniak. Wheat genome assemblies provide new insights into the major stem-solidness locus SSt1. 1st International Wheat Congress. July 21-26, 2019. (presentation)
  • Nilsen, K.T., 2019. New insights into stem-solidness in wheat: And integrated genomics approach. 7th International Wheat Stem Sawfly Conference. March 20th, 2019. Fort Collins, CO. (presentation)

2018

  • Nilsen, K.T., 2018. The application of genomics in wheat breeding. University of Saskatchewan Senate Meeting. Oct. 21st, 2018. Saskatoon, SK. (invited presentation)
  • Nilsen, K.T., 2018. Applied genomics in wheat breeding: Improving resistance to the wheat stem sawfly. Genome Canada Science and Industry Advisory Committee Meeting. June 19th, 2018. Saskatoon, SK. (invited presentation)
  • Nilsen, K.T., 2018. Dissecting the solid stem locus in wheat. Rank Prize Fund Mini-Symposium on the Shape of wheat to come. March 20, 2018. Grasmere UK. (invited presentation)
  • N’Diaye, A., J. K. Haile, K T. Nilsen, S. Walkowiak, Y. Ruan, A. K. Singh, F. R. Clarke, John M. Clarke, and C. J Pozniak. Haplotype loci under selection in Canadian durum wheat germplasm of 60 years of breeding. 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium.  Nov. 19-22, 2018. Winnipeg, MB. (poster)
  • Kthiri, D., S Walkowiak, K. Nilsen, J. Sangha, R, R. Datla, R. Cuthbert, and C.J. Pozniak. Molecular characterization of isogenic lines of hexaploid wheat that differ in grain yield. 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium.  Nov. 19-22, 2018. Winnipeg, MB. (poster)
  • Henriquez, M.A., S. Walkowiak, K. T. Nilsen, C. J. Pozniak.4th Canadian Wheat Symposium.  Transcriptomics response of AAC Tenacious after inoculation with Fusarium graminearum. 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium.  Nov. 19-22, 2018. Winnipeg, MB. (poster)
  • Piché, I. R.D. Cuthbert, Y. Ruan, B.K. Meyer, R.M. DePauw, K.T. Nilsen, A. N’Diaye, C.J. Pozniak, and R.E. Knox. Identification of putative markers associated to a stem-solidness QTL in spring wheat. 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium.  Nov. 19-22, 2018. Winnipeg, MB. (poster)
  • Monat, C., S. Padmarasu, A. Himmelbach, K. Baruch, M. C. Kolodziej, T. Wicker, K. Koh, J. Ens, S. Walkowiak, K., A. Sharpe, K.F.X. Mayer, S. Krattinger, B. Keller, M. Mascher, N. Stein, C. Pozniak.  2018. Hi-C and chromosome-scale assembly to detect large chromosomal rearrangements in wheat genomes. Plant and Animal Genome Conference. Jan. 13-17th, San Diego, CA. (poster)

 

2017

  • Nilsen, K.T., S. Walkowiak, A. Cory, Y. Ruan, P.R. MacLachlan, A.G. Sharpe, A.  N’Diaye, and C.J. Pozniak. 2017. Genetic dissection of wheat stem-sawfly resistance in wheat. CTAG2 Research Oversight Committee Meeting, September 12-14th, 2017. Saskatoon, SK. (presentation)

2016

  • Nilsen, K.T., A. N'Diaye, P.R. MacLachlan, J. M. Clarke, Y. Ruan, R. D. Cuthbert, R. E. Knox, K. Wiebe, A. T. Cory, B. L. Beres, R. Graf, A. Sharpe and C. J. Pozniak. 2016. High density mapping of the major stem solidness locus SSt1 in durum and common wheat. 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium, Nov. 22-25th, Ottawa, ON. (poster)
  • Nilsen, K.T., Y. Ruan, P.R. MacLachlan, R. Datla, D. Xiang, P. Venglat, A.G. Sharpe, A.  N’Diaye, and C.J. Pozniak. 2016. Gene expression profiling in hollow vs solid-stemmed durum wheat. 3rd Annual Canadian Wheat Symposium, Nov. 22-25th, Ottawa, ON. (poster)
  • Nilsen, K.T., A. N’Diaye, P.R. MacLachlan, J.M. Clarke, R. Datla, D. Xiang, P. Venglat, A.G. Sharpe, and C.J. Pozniak. 2016. Variant calling and diversity analysis of 64 durum wheat cultivars using exome capture. 3rd Annual Canadian Wheat Symposium, Nov. 22-25th, Ottawa, ON. (poster)

 

2015

  • Nilsen, K.T., Y. Ruan, P.R. MacLachlan, R. Datla, D. Xiang, P. Venglat, A.G. Sharpe, A.  N’Diaye, and C.J. Pozniak. 2015. An integrated genomic approach towards cloning the stem solidness gene SSt1 in wheat. Plant and Animal Genome XXIII, January 10-14, 2015. San Diego, CA. (presentation)
  • Nilsen, K.T. 2015. Targeted mapping of SSt1 in wheat. Canadian Wheat Alliance Annual Science and Business Meeting. July 14-16th, 2015. Saskatoon, SK. (invited presentation)
  • Nilsen, K.T., Y. Ruan, P.R. MacLachlan, D. Xiang, P. Venglat, A.G. Sharpe, A. N’Diaye, R. Datla, and C.J. Pozniak. 2015. Gene expression profiling in hollow vs solid-stemmed durum wheat. Canadian Wheat Alliance Annual Science and Business Meeting. July 29th. Saskatoon SK. (presentation)
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2012

  • Nilsen, K.T. 2012. Mapping leaf and stripe rust resistance in the common wheat cross RL4452/AC Domain. Canadian Triticum Advancement through Genomics (CTAG) Annual General Meeting. November 23-24th, 2012. Saskatoon, SK. (presentation)

2011

  • Nilsen, K.T. 2011. Mapping field reaction to leaf and stripe rust in the spring wheat cross RL4452/AC Domain. 1st Canadian Wheat Symposium. November 30th – Dec. 2nd. Winnipeg, MB. (poster)