Parthiba Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist (Dry Bean Breeding)

Develop dry bean cultivars that combine high yield with early maturity, lodging resistance, enhanced disease resistance (white mould and bacterial diseases) and seed quality (size, shape, colour and colour retention) traits for commercial production under irrigated conditions in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Current research and/or projects

Principal Investigator

1. Selection for disease resistance in early maturing dry bean lines for Alberta.

2. Identification of dry bean lines in Ontario and the Prairies with improved canning and cooking quality traits.

3. Development of high yielding dry bean cultivars with disease resistance and seed quality.

4. Dry bean cultivars for southern AB and SK: Development of pinto bean and yellow bean cultivars with high yield and seed quality.

Research and/or project statements

1. Dry bean is the fourth largest pulse crop grown in Canada after pea, lentil and chickpea. Canada is the third largest exporter of dry bean in the World with more than 75% of the production being exported to other countries. Dry bean is a high value crop as it is primarily consumed as food. In Ontario and Manitoba, dry bean is grown under dryland (120 frost-free days), and in Alberta and Saskatchewan, dry bean is grown under both irrigation and dryland with 100 to 105 frost-free days.

2. Research mandate and projects address all four of the AAFC’s Strategic Objectives of Cereals and Pulses sector, i) high yielding cultivars with early maturity and disease resistance contribute to increased agricultural productivity; ii) disease resistant cultivars contribute to enhanced environmental performance through reduced use of chemicals; iii) cultivars with preferred visual seed quality, and improved cooking and canning quality contribute to improved attributes for food uses; and iv) development of disease resistant cultivars and management of diseases contribute to addressing threats to agriculture and agri-food value chain.

Education and awards

Education

B.Sc. (Agiculture), Annamalai University, India (1995)

M.Sc., Plant Breeding, University of Saskatchewan (1998)

Ph.D. Plant Breeding, University of Saskatchewan (2002)

Awards

2016  Gold Harvest Award for Innovation, Collaboration and Service Excellence (AAFC)

2010  Most Outstanding Reviewer (Canadian Journal of Plant Science)

2018  Most Outstanding Reviewer (Canadian Journal of Plant Science)

Key publications

  1. Balasubramanian, P.M., Chatterton, S. and Conner, R.L. 2019. AAC Y073 yellow dry bean. Can. J. Plant Sci. (Accepted 14 November 2019).

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  2. Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2018) QTL mapping of seed hardness trait in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Joint Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society and Canadian Society of Agronomy, Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 (poster).

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  3. Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2016) Genetic analysis of seed hardness trait in a black bean recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. The 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, October 25-28, 2016.

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  4. K.A. Kader, P.M. Balasubramanian, and S. Chatterton. Identification of molecular markers linked to resistance to bacterial wilt in dry bean. Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (poster presentation)

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  5. K.A. Kader, P.M. Balasubramanian, and S. Chatterton. Effect of irrigation and plant canopy architecture on white mold disease development in dry bean. Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (oral presentation)

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  6. Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., Gossen, B.D., and Penner, W.C. (2015). "Soybean root rot and phytophthora rot in Manitoba, Canada.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 37, pp. 247. (Abstract)

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  7. Balasubramanian, P.M., Kader, K.A., and Chatterton, S. (2015). "Effect of irrigation and plant canopy architecture on white mold development in dry bean.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Abstract)

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  8. Larney, F.J., Li, L., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2014). "Conservation management practices and rotations for irrigated dry bean production in southern Alberta.", ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting 2014, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 2-5, 2014.

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  9. Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., and Howard, R.J. (2014). "Race structure of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola from dry bean fields on the Canadian prairies.", Annual Report of the Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC), 57, pp. 147-148.

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  10. McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Fusarium species isolated from dry bean and field pea in Manitoba: Identification, pathogenicity and prognosis.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Abstract)

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  11. Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Fusarium species from soybean in Manitoba.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Abstract)

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  12. Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Navabi, A., Yu, K., and Hou, A. (2014). "Combining resistance to common bacterial blight, anthracnose and bean common mosaic virus in dry bean.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014, Presentation. (Poster)

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  13. Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., Erickson, R.S., Bowness, R.T., and Harding, M.W. (2014). "Pea root rot in Alberta: surveys and pathogen identification.", 35th Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Canmore, AB, Canada, October 27-29, 2014. (Abstract)

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  14. Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Soybean root rot and Phytophthora rot in Manitoba, Canada.", CPS Regional Meeting, Morden, MB, Canada, December 4, 2014. (Abstract)

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  15. Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Erickson, R.S. (2014). "Irrigation and cultivar interactions effect development of white mold of bean.", 35th Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Canmore, AB, Canada, October 2014.

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  16. McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L., Mohr, R.M., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Chang, K.F. (2014). "The root of the problem: Fusarium and Phytophthora in Manitoba soybean fields.", Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) Crop Management Forum, Brandon, MB, Canada, November 18, 2014. (Abstract)

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  17. Conner, R.L., Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Chang, K.F., and McRae, K.B. (2014). "Reactions of dry bean cultivars from western Canada to root rot.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Poster)

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  18. Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Navabi, A., Yu, K., Hou, A. (2014). Combining resistance to common bacterial blight, anthracnose, and bean common mosaic virus into Manitoba-adapted dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cultivars, 94(2), 405-415. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-281

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  19. Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Boersma, J.G. (2013). "Black bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) germplasm rich in anthracnose resistance.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives, Portland, OR, USA, October 28-30, 2013. (Poster)

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  20. Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., and Strelkov, S.E. (2013). "Root rot disease caused by Fusarium cuneirostrum in dry bean in Canada.", 84rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, June 16-19, 2013.

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Expertise

Language

English