Santosh Kumar

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Research Scientist (Wheat Breeder)

Development of premium quality wheat cultivars for Canadian Prairies

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Current research and/or projects

  • Marker assisted Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) Wheat Breeding
  • Molecular physiology of pre-harvest sprouting
  • Germplasm development for Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) resistance
  • Transcriptome analysis of emmer wheat flowering time
  • Pathogenesis mechanisms of leaf rust in wheat

Professional activities / interests

  • Plant Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Genomics
  • Plant Breeding

Education and awards

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Science)
  • Master of Science (Plant Physiology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Agriculture)

Awards

  •  NSERC visiting Fellow, PBI, Saskatoon (Not Availed)
  • Clark Newman Clayton Award                                                                                           
  • Keystone Symposium Scholarship from NIH, USA                                                 
  • Meredith Fellowship for Barley Research by Canadian Grain Commission           
  • UMSU Travel award from University of Manitoba                                                  
  • Helgason Travel award from University of Manitoba                                               
  • George Duff travel award from Canadian Society of Plant Biology                       
  • University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) award for academic excellence
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship from University of Manitoba                      
  • University of Manitoba Graduate (PhD) Fellowship (UMGF)                                 
  • Department of Plant Science PhD UMGF Top-Up Award                                       
  • CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Ph.D and Lectureship (Not Availed)
  • Research Assistantship in Department of Plant Physiology IARI
  • Junior Research Fellowship for M.Sc
  • University Merit Scholarship and Merit Certificate in Graduation, PAU, Punjab, India

  

Key publications

For a complete list of publications, please visit: AAFC Online

  1. S. Kumar, S. L. Fox, J. Mitchell Fetch, D. Green, T. Fetch, B. McCallum, R. Aboukhaddour and M-A. Henriquez (2019). AAC Warman western red spring wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. (Accepted).
  2. J. Toth, S. Pandurangan, A. Burt, J. M. Fetch, and S. Kumar (2018). Marker-assisted breeding of hexaploid spring wheat in the Canadian Prairies. Can. J. Plant Sci. https://doi.org/10.1139/CJPS-2018-0183
  3. Ehsan Sari , Samia Berraies , Ron E. Knox , Asheesh K. Singh, Yuefeng Ruan, Richard D. Cuthbert, Curtis J. Pozniak, Maria Antonia Henriquez, Santosh Kumar, Andrew J. Burt, Amidou N’Diaye, David J. Konkin, Adrian L. Cabral, Heather L. Campbell, Krystalee Wiebe, Janet Condie, Prabhath Lokuruge, Brad Meyer, George Fedak, Fran R. Clarke, John M. Clarke, Daryl J. Somers, Pierre R. Fobertet al. (2018) High density genetic mapping of Fusarium head blight resistance QTL in tetraploid wheat. PLOS ONE 13(10): e0204362. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204362
  4. S. Kumar, S.L. Fox, D.G. Humphreys, J. Mitchell Fetch, D. Green, T. Fetch, B. McCallum, J. Menzies (2018). AAC Prevail western red spring wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. Can. J. Plant Sci. 98:475-482

  5. S. Kumar, S.L. Fox, D.G. Humphreys, J. Mitchell Fetch, D. Green, T. Fetch, B. McCallum, J. Menzies (2017). AAC Jatharia western red spring wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97:368-376

  6. Fox, S.L., Kumar, S., Thomas, J.B., Humphreys, D.G., Mitchell Fetch, J., Green, D., Wise, I., Smith, M., Fetch, T., Gilbert, J., McCallum, B., and Menzies, J. (2016). AAC Cameron western red spring wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. 96: 1065–1072.

  7. Suresh Desai, Santosh Kumar, Robert Hill and Robert Currie (2015).Occurrence, detection, and quantification of economically important viruses in healthy and unhealthy honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies in Canada. The Canadian Entomologist; doi : 10.4039/tce.2015.23

  8. Santosh Kumar, Frank M. You, Scott Duguid, Helen Booker, Gordon Rowland and Sylvie Cloutier (2014). Detection of minor QTLs for fatty acid content and yield components in CDC Bethune/Macbeth recombinant inbred population of flax (Linum usitatissimum L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics. DOI : 10.1007/s00122-015-2483-3

  9. Frank M You, Pingchuan Li, Santosh Kumar, Raja Ragupathy, Zhengnan Li, Yong-Bi Fu and Sylvie Cloutier (2014). Genome-wide identification and characterization of the gene families controlling fatty acid biosynthesis in flax (Linum usitatissimum L). Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 7:10

  10. Santosh Kumar, Zining Wang, Travis W. Banks, Mark C. Jordan, Brent D. McCallum and Sylvie Cloutier (2014). Lr1-mediated leaf rust resistance pathways of transgenic wheat lines revealed by a gene expression study using the Affymetrix GeneChip® Wheat Genome Array. Molecular Breeding. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-014-0022-6

  11. Santosh Kumar, Mark C. Jordan, Raju Datla and Sylvie Cloutier (2013). The LuWD40 gene encoding WD repeat protein regulates growth and pollen viability in flax (Linum usitatissimum L.). PLoS One. 8: e69124.

  12. Santosh Kumar, Frank M. You and Sylvie Cloutier (2012). Genome wide SNP discovery in diverse flax genotypes through next generation sequencing of reduced representation libraries. BMC Genomics. 13:684.

  13. Shiling Jiang, Santosh Kumar, Young-Jae Eu, Sravan Kumar Jami, Claudio Stasolla and Robert D. Hill (2012). The Arabidopsis mutant, fy-1, has an ABA-insensitive germination phenotype. Journal of Experimental Botany. 63:2693-703.

  14. Santosh Kumar, Shiling Jiang, Sravan K Jami and Robert Hill (2011). Cloning and characterization of barley caryopsis FCA. Physiologia Plantarum. 143:93-106

Peer-reviewed review papers

  1. Santosh Kumar, Travis W. Banks, and Sylvie Cloutier (2012). SNP discovery through Next-Generation Sequencing and its applications. International Journal of Plant Genomics, Article ID 831460, 15 pages.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

  1. Santosh Kumar, Arvind H. Hirani, Muhammad Asif and Aakash Goyal (2013). Molecular mechanisms controlling dormancy and germination in barley. Crop production. Aakash Goyal (ed), InTech, New York, USA, pp 69-98.

Edited books

  1. Kumar, S. (Ed.) (2014). The Role of Bioinformatics in Agriculture. Apple Academic Press Inc. New Jersey.

  2. Kumars, S. (Ed) (2016). Crop Breeding: Bioinformatics and Preparing for Climate Change. Apple Academic Press Inc. New Jersey.

Recent oral and poster presentations

  1. Santosh Kumar. (2018). Wheat breeding in the Canadian Prairies. Plant Biology Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark. June 18-21, 2018

  2. Sudhakar Pandurangan, Jacob Toth, Jennifer Mitchell Fetch, Andrew Burt, Santosh Kumar. (2018). Development and validation of a single nucleotide polymorphic marker for the yield component kernel weight in wheat. Plant and Animal Genomics, San Diego, California, USA. January 13-17, 2018

  3. Jacob Toth, Sudhakar Pandurangan, Andrew Burt, Jennifer Mitchell Fetch and Santosh Kumar (2017). Marker assisted wheat breeding for the Canadian prairies. 2017 Joint Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the Canadian Society of Agronomy, June 18-22, 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Poster number 30. Page 23.

  4. Santosh Kumar, Andrew Burt, Richard Cuthbert and Harpinder Randhawa. (2016). Breeding for enhanced Fusarium head blight resistance in Canadian bread wheat. 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, Canada, November 20-22, 2016. S20

  5. Samia Barraies, Richard Cuthbert, Ron Knox, Firdissa Bokore, Maria Antonia Henriquez, Andrew Burt, Santosh Kumar, Yuefeng Ruan, Curtis Pozniak, Amidou N'Diaye and Andrew Sharpe. (2016). 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, Canada, November 20-25, 2016. S

  6. Samia Barraies, Richard Cuthbert, Ron Knox, Maria Antonia Henriquez, Andrew Burt, Santosh Kumar, Yuefeng Ruan, Curtis Pozniak, Amidou N'Diaye, Andrew Sharpe and Firdissa Bokore. (2016). Molecular mapping of QTL for leaf spot disease complex resistance in spring wheat. 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium. Ottawa, Canada, November 20-25, 2016. P

  7. Jennifer Mitchell Fetch, Andy Tekauz, Xiben Wang, Santosh Kumar and Andrew Burt. (2016). Fusarium head blight of oat-progress in dealing with a sly foe. 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, Canada, November 20-25, 2016. S23

  8. Yuefeng Ruan, Ron Knox, Curtis Pozniak, John Clarke, Asheesh Singh, Ron DePauw, Maria Antonia Henriquez, Brent McCallum, Anita Brule-Babel, Andrew Burt, Santosh Kumar, Richard Cuthbert. (2016). Fhb resistance breeding in durum wheat: progress and perspectives. 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, Canada, November 20-25, 2016.

  9. Curt A. McCartney, Mulualem T. Kassa, Curtis J. Pozniak, Frank M. You, Sylvie Cloutier, Ian L. Wise, Marjorie A.H. Smith, Andrew G. Sharpe, Pierre R. Fobert, Santosh Kumar, Andrew Burt, Frank Ordon, Cristobal Uauy and Alejandro C. Costamagna. (2016). Wheat midge resistance: breeding and genetics. 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium. Ottawa, Canada, November 20-25, 2016. S10

  10. Santosh Kumar, Andrew Burt and Jennifer Mitchell-Fetch. (2016). A snapshot on wheat breeding for the Canadian Prairies. EUCARPIA 2016, Zurich, Switzerland, August 28-September 1, 2016. P156

  11. Sudhakar Pandurangan, Jacob Toth, Jennifer M. Fetch, and Santosh Kumar. (2016). Characterization of potential disease resistance related polymorphic genes in wheat. Plant Biotechnology 2016. Edmonton, Alberta, June 19-21, 2016. P 119.

  12. Frank M. You*, Pingchuan Li, Raja Ragupathy, Santosh Kumar, Tingtin Zfu, Ming-Cheng Luo, Scott D. Duguid, Khalid Y. Rashid, Helen M. Booker, Michael Deyholos, Yong-Bi Fu, Andrew G. Sharp, and Sylvie Cloutier*. (2016). “The draft flax genome pseudomolecules”. Proceedings of the 66th flax institute of the United States. Fargo, North Dakota, March 31-April1, 2016. P17

  13. Jasdeep Kaur, Santosh Kumar*, Tom Fetch, Andrew Burt and Jennifer Mitchell-Fetch. (2015). “Prevalence of Sr2 in Canadian wheat varieties using molecular markers”. Botany 2015, Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 25-29, 2015