Sean R. Asselin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Dr. Sean Asselin is a perennial forage breeder with AAFC Swift Current. His program is focused on breeding adapted native forages and dual-use grain & forage crops using both classical and molecular biology based breeding approaches to enhance agroecosystem resiliency.

Current research and/or projects

  • Development of native plant germplasm and cultivars (grasses, legumes and forbs) adapted to Western Canada for forage and reclamation uses

  • Characterization of the adaptive capacity of native and introduced forage legumes and grasses to abiotic stress (drought and salinity)

  • Landscape genomics of grassland species

  • Development of high-throughput plant phenotyping methodology

  • Dual-use perennial grain-forage crop development for low-input production systems

Professional activities / interests

  • Plant breeding - perennial forages

  • Native plant genomics

  • Landscape genomics 

  • Quatitative genetics and genotype x environment interactions

  • Dual-use perennial grain-forage crop development

Education and awards

  • Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Manitoba
  • M.Sc. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Manitoiba
  • B.Sc. Biology, University of Winnipeg
  • B.A.(Hons) Physical Anthropology, University of Winnipeg

Key publications

  • Asselin, Sean R., Anita L. Brûlé-Babel, and Douglas J. Cattani. "Genetic Characterization of Maximilian Sunflower for the Development of a Locally Adapted Perennial Grain Oilseed." Crop Science 58.6 (2018): 2241-2260.
  • Cattani, Douglas J., and Sean R. Asselin. "Has selection for grain yield altered intermediate wheatgrass?." Sustainability 10.3 (2018): 688.
  • Cattani, Douglas J., and Sean R. Asselin. "Extending the growing season: forage seed production and perennial grains." Canadian journal of plant science 98.2 (2017): 235-246.

Research facility

1 Airport Road
Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2
Canada

Affiliations

  • Member of the Canadian Society of Agronomy

  • Member of the American Society of Agronomy

  • Member of the Crop Science Society of America

  • Member of the Soil Science Society of America

  • Member of the Canadian Society of Botany

  • Member of the American Society of Botany

Language

English
French