Oscar Molina, Ph.D.
Current research and/or projects
I am leading and collaborating in multiple research projects involving environmentally sound production and best practices of field crops; crop rotations, and soil and water management; mitigation impact of climate change and new agronomic practices on crops; adoption of alternative crops and production systems; development of new cereal cultivars.
- Options for carbon input into high disturbance cropping systems
- Innovative techniques for screening, propagation and utilization of wild berry crops.
- Understanding how soil health affects soybean yield and protein and how those effects vary by factors the grower can and cannot control.
- Lingonberry from the Prairies: Enhancing the sustainable development of lingonberry with health benefits.
- Establishment of a Living Laboratory on the Eastern Prairies to address persistent agrienvironmental challenges
- Integrating proteomics and predicted functional genomics approaches to advance development of germplasm with controlled seed dormancy for improved postharvest properties in wheat.
- Potato Early Dying management.
- ASC05 Diverse FC Cluster, cadmium in flax seed - Assessing genotypic diversity
- ASC05 Diverse FC Cluster, environmental impact and Genomics and molecular markers to identify resistance genes in flax, and Development of flax cultivars for western Canada
- ASC08 Wheat Cluster Activity - Development of Field-Ready Cultivars of Canada Western Soft White Spring (CWSWS) Wheat; CWRS Western Prairies for drought and heat stress; breeding field ready Canada Western Red Spring cultivars for the Eastern Prairies.
- ASC11 Barley Cluster. Breeding malting and food barley cultivars for western Canada.
Research and/or project statements
- Development of best agronomic practices to contribute to cropping system sustainability.
- Disease management practices in field crops.
- Characterization of agronomic, and morphological traits of elite triticale, wheat, barley, oat, and flax germplasm.
- Adoption of alternative crops.
Professional activities / interests
- Soil science
- Disease management
Education and awards
Ph. D. Soil Science, University of Manitoba
M.Sc. Soil Science, University of Manitoba
B.Sc. Agronomy, University of Caldas (Colombia)
- Canadian Phytopathological Society, Manitoba Regional Meeting - Best oral presentation (Second place). 2014. December 4. Morden, Manitoba
- The Canadian Phytopathological Society - Travel award. August 9-13. Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Manitoba Soil Science Society Meetings Best Oral Presentation (First place). 2009. February 5. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Graduate Student Award. Western Potato Council's Graduate Student Award for conducting research that positively contributes to the potato production. 2009. January 29. Brandon, Manitoba.
- Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS) for Master’s Students. University of Manitoba. 2008.
- International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES) at The University of Manitoba. 2007.
- Meritorious Mention (Qualification given to a thesis) for the thesis: “Effect of residual fertilizer and organic manure application on mycorrhizal association of maize-bean rotation in P-fixing volcanic ash soils in Colombia”
- Scholarship for good academic GPA. National University of Colombia. 2003.
- Member of the Canadian Society of Agronomy
- Member of AAFC Roadmap Working Group
- Member of the Prairie Grain Development Committee: Wheat, Rye & Triticale Recommending Committee (PRCWRT)
- Member of the Manitoba Soil Fertility Advisory Committee