Dept. of Plant Science

« Je suis un gars de l’Abitibi, donc je suis habitué au froid! » s’exclame Jean-Benoit Charron, chercheur à l’Université McGill. En raison des changements climatiques, le froid n’est toutefois plus ce qu’il était. Les plantes cultivées dans les champs doivent s’adapter à ces nouvelles conditions.

« Certains épisodes de froid arrivent très tôt, et d’autres beaucoup plus tard qu’avant », explique le scientifique. De plus, les redoux en plein hiver réduisent la couverture de neige, privant ainsi la plante d’une couche isolante.

Classified as: Plants, climate change, cold, adaption
Published on: 9 Oct 2019

Communication de presse, Université McGill - 8 août 2019

La pectine et la cellulose pourraient jouer un rôle dans le mécanisme moléculaire régissant la morphologie des cellules végétales

En découvrant la mécanique et le mécanisme moléculaire qui dictent la forme des cellules végétales, une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université McGill a partiellement levé le voile sur les processus fondamentaux qui régissent la formation des tissus dans les organismes multicellulaires.

Classified as: morphologie cellulaire des plantes
Published on: 12 Aug 2019

McGill Press Release - 8 August 2019

New study suggests pectin and cellulose involved in molecular mechanism defining plant cell morphology

The discovery of the mechanics and molecular mechanism that dictate cell shape formation in plants by a team of McGill researchers offers new clues about the fundamental processes governing tissue formation in multicellular organisms.

Plants are made of cells that come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, each of which is closely related and essential to the function of a specific tissue.

Classified as: plant cell morphology
Published on: 12 Aug 2019

Hanadi Sleiman and Jaswinder Singh have each received $1.65 million in research grants, to be distributed over six years.

Published on: 15 Jul 2019

La luzerne et la fléole des prés trônent au sommet du palmarès des plantes fourragères les plus cultivées au Québec. Philippe Séguin, chercheur au Département des sciences végétales de l’Université McGill, étudie non seulement ces « espèces vedettes », mais plusieurs autres plantes fourragères de remplacement comme le trèfle d’Alexandrie et l’herbe du Soudan.

Classified as: luzerne, fléole, cultures fourragères
Published on: 24 Apr 2019

Depuis huit ans, l’agronome et professeure Valérie Gravel travaille « main dans la main » avec des producteurs de fraises. Une collaboration qu’elle juge essentielle.

« Ces agriculteurs me permettent d’installer des parcelles de recherche dans leurs champs et se chargent d’entretenir les plants et de prendre des données quotidiennement. Ils participent à mes recherches avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme et je les en remercie, car rien ne peut remplacer leur expertise sur le terrain », explique Mme Gravel. 

Classified as: Valérie Gravel, strawberries, production
Published on: 26 Sep 2018

Congratulations to Professor Jaswinder Singh, Plant Science, who received the 2018 Canadian Society of Plant Biologists C.D. Nelson Award.

This award recognizes Professor Singh's outstanding research contributions in plant biology, which show exceptional promise for the improvement of crop plants through genetic engineering, molecular breeding and genomics.

Classified as: Jaswinder Singh, Research
Published on: 1 Aug 2018

Puissant influenceur des tendances en matière de décoration, l'Institut Pantone dictera-t-il maintenant le contenu de notre assiette? La couleur 2018 - l'ultraviolet - est aussi celle de l'igname pourpre, un légume hautement photogénique, candidat idéal pour ravir les comptes Instagram des foodies cette année (à défaut de séduire à coup sûr leurs papilles).

Classified as: david wees, igname pourpre
Published on: 25 Jan 2018

New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative McGill research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.

...Professors Timothy Geary (Institute of Parasitology) and Anja Geitmann (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) were each awarded funding in this round.

Classified as: CFI grants, plant science, parasitology
Published on: 19 Jan 2018

Jaswinder Singh can hardly contain his excitement when talking about TLP8, a useful protein he discovered in barley. “It could revolutionize the brewing industry,” said the associate professor at McGill University’s plant science department.

...Singh and his research team identified 22 genes in barley that were related to the germination process.

Classified as: Jaswinder Singh, beer industry, brewing, TLP8 protein
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

It takes a long time to develop a new variety from scratch. Dr. Bruce Coulman of the University of Sask­atchewan recently recalled the start of his forage breeding career at McGill University. McGill had allowed its forage breeding program to collapse, and had no breeding lines under development when Coulman started. Starting from scratch in 1976, Coulman registered his first forage variety in 1993.

[Bruce Coulman is a former professor from the Department of Plant Science and served as Departmental Chair]

Classified as: forage crops, forage breeding
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

Scientists at an international conference said on [November 30] that climate change was a global phenomenon that could only be controlled by planting more and more trees. This was stated in the concluding session of the first international conference on Conventional and Modern Approaches in Plant Sciences (CMAPS 17), organised by the Punjab University Department of Botany at Faisal Auditorium. [...] Dr Danielle Donnelly from McGill University Canada, [...] Dr Jaswinder Singh from McGill University Canada, [...] attended the event.

Classified as: climate change, trees
Published on: 1 Dec 2017

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a total investment of $52 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 220 new infrastructure projects nationally. Among the 51 universities across the country with funded projects, McGill leads the pack with an impressive number — 23 projects totaling $4.2 million — in this latest round of the funding competition.

Congratulations to Faculty members Valérie Gravel (Plant Science) and Salwa Karboune (Food Science) who were among the recipients.

Classified as: CFI grants
Published on: 17 Aug 2017

(Une collaboration de Valérie Gravel, agronome et professeure adjointe en horticulture durable, Université McGill)

« L’été au Québec est, pour plusieurs, synonyme d’abondance de petits fruits. La production locale de ces « super fruits », de plus en plus reconnus pour leurs bienfaits sur la santé humaine, fait face à une demande croissante. »

Terre de chez nous

 

Classified as: Valérie Gravel, small fruit, production
Published on: 15 Aug 2017

Every day after work, David Bernard-Perron, BSc(AgEnvSc)’12, MSc’15, heads out for a few laps “down the hill” on his mountain bike.

The hill in question is majestic Whistler Mountain, a short distance from his job as head agrologist at Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation.

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Classified as: David Perron, medical marijuana
Published on: 14 Aug 2017

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