Current research and/or projects
Crop species face numerous types of abiotic and biotic pressures, which often severely limit productivity and are predicted to become even more problematic in coming years due to climate change. In addition, inadequacies in forage quality can lead to substantial economic losses for producers and the emission of significant quantities of greenhouse gases. As such, there is a very diverse range of traits that could be enhanced to improve sector profitability, sustainability and competitiveness, and also reduce environmental impact. To address these challenges, my research program focuses on unraveling the genetic mechanisms driving various performance- and quality-related traits, especially in forage crops, as well as the improvement of these traits using advanced molecular breeding tools such as genome editing.
Research and/or project statements
- developing genome editing technology in forage crop species to increase the pace and precision of breeding
- improving abiotic stress tolerance to increase climate change resiliency
- enhancing photosynthetic efficiency/capacity to increase productivity
- boosting oil production in vegetative tissues to reduce methane emissions from livestock production
Education and awards
PhD, Plant Molecular Genetics, University of Regina (2005). Received the President's Distinguished Graduate Student Award.
BSc (Great Distinction), Biology (Major), Biochemistry (Minor), University of Regina (1999).
Singer, S.D., Soolanayakanahally, R.Y., Foroud, N.A., Kroebel, R. (2020). Biotechnological strategies for improved photosynthesis in a future of elevated atmospheric CO2, 251(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00425-019-03301-42020 - View publication details
Wijekoon, C., Singer, S.D., Weselake, R.J., Subedi, U., Acharya, S.N. (2019). Evaluation of virus-induced gene silencing methods for forage legumes including alfalfa, sainfoin, and fenugreek, 99(6), 917-926. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-03292019 - View publication details
Singer, S.D., Hannoufa, A., Acharya, S. (2018). Molecular improvement of alfalfa for enhanced productivity and adaptability in a changing environment, 41(9), 1955-1971. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pce.130902018 - View publication details
- Adjunct status at the University of Lethbridge, Department of Biological Sciences
- Adjunct status at the University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences