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., 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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  2. Bing, D.J., Beauchesne, D., Vera, C., Balasubramanian, P. (2015). AAC liscard maple pea. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 95(6), 1279-1281. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS-2015-080

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  3. Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., Hou, A. (2015). AAC Burdett pinto dry bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 95(1), 179-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS-2014-248

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  4. Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., Hou, A. (2015). AAC Whitehorse great northern dry bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 95(1), 175-177. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS-2014-247

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  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. 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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  15. Khanal, R., Burt, A.J., Woodrow, L., Balasubramanian, P., Navabi, A. (2014). Genotypic association of parameters commonly used to predict canning quality of dry bean. Crop Science, [online] 54(6), 2564-2573. http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2014.02.0113

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  16. 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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  17. Henriquez, M.A., Mclaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E. (2014). First report of fusarium cuneirostrum causing root rot disease in dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in Canada. Plant Disease, [online] 98(2), 278. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-05-13-0553-PDN

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  18. Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., McLaren, D.L., Chatterton, S., Hou, A. (2014). Partial resistance to white mould in dry bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 94(4), 683-691. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-312

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  19. Navabi, A., Balasubramanian, P., Pauls, K.P., Bett, K., Hou, A. (2014). Genetic diversity of the Canadian dry bean varieties released since 1930: A pedigree analysis. Crop Science, [online] 54(3), 993-1003. http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2013.04.0210

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  20. Conner, R.L., Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P., McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Chang, K.F., McRae, K.B. (2014). Reaction of dry bean cultivars grown in western Canada to root rot inoculation. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 94(7), 1219-1230. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-416

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Research facility

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

Expertise

Language

English