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Igor FALAK
Last name : FALAK
First name : Igor
Entrance year : 2023
Occupation : Sr. Research Scientist
Birthdate : 1964/03/17
Address : 36 Caledonia Street N1G2C7 Guelph / Canada
Main fields of interest :
  • Seeds, genetics
Professional experience : Igor is Sr. Research Scientist who joined Pioneer Hi-Bred in 1994, becoming Corteva Agriscience Research Laurate in 2019. His primary areas of research are all aspects of breeding for disease resistance and agronomic/stress-related traits in canola. Igor has been an active member of oilseed research community participating as an expert in evolution of canola, especially through pathology subcommittee of WCC RRC as a member/chair. He spearheaded development and introduction of the first canola products with resistance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot and Clubroot in Canada in 2009 and reduced shatter products in 2015. For his contribution to Canadian Agriculture, Igor received Achievements in Plan Disease Management award from Canadian Phytopathological Society in 2013 and Plant Breeding and Genetics award from Canadian Seed Trade Association in 2018.
Education : * BS, University of Novi Sad Plant Protection * MS, University of Guelph Plant Breeding * PhD, University of Novi Sad Phytopathology
Selected publications : * Fredua-Agyeman, R., Hwang, SF., Zhang, H., Falak, I., Huang X. and Strelkov S.E. 2021 Clubroot resistance derived from the European Brassica napus cv. ‘Tosca’ is not effective against virulent Plasmodiophora brassicae isolates from Alberta, Canada. Sci Rep 11, 14472 (2021). * Stanton D., Ernst T., Huang X. and Falak I. 2019. Co-location of resistances to Fusarium wilt and Clubroot in Spring Canola (Brassica napus). International Rapeseed Congress, Berlin, 2019 * Falak I., Huang X. and McClinchey S. 2019. Molecular mapping of QTLs associated with field resistance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot (SSR) in Spring Canola Brassica napus International Rapeseed Congress, Berlin, 2019 * Chen W. and Falak I. 2019. In Vitro Vernalization of Microspore-derived Plantlets in Winter Canola International Rapeseed Congress, Berlin, 2019 * Cao, T., Hwang, S.F., Falak, I., and Strelkov, S.E. 2017. Differential proliferation of Plasmodiophora brassicae in Brassica napus cultivars. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 39(1):91-92. * Zhang, H., Feng, J., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., Falak, I., Huang, X. and Sun, R. 2016 Mapping of clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae) resistance in canola (Brassica napus). Plant Pathology 65, 435-440 * Cao, T., Rennie, D.C., Manolii, V.P., Hwang, S.F., Falak, I., and Strelkov, S.E. 2013 Quantification of resistance to Plasmodiophora brassicae in Brassica hosts. Plant Pathology * Falak, I., McNabb, W., Hacault, K. and Patel J. 2011 Field performance of Brassica napus spring canola hybrids with improved resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot. Proceedings of the 13th International Rapeseed Congress, Prague, Czech Republic * Falak, I., Primomo, V., and Tulsieram L. 2011 Mapping of QTLs associated with Sclerotinia Stem Rot resistance in Spring Canola Brassica napus Proceedings of the 13th International Rapeseed Congress, Prague, Czech Republic * Falak, I., Sen D.K., Patel J. and McNabb W. 2011 Development of the first spring canola lines with resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot. Contemporary Agriculture, 60(1-2):130-138. * Patel J.D., Elhalwagy.M, Falak.I. and Tulsieram L. 1999 S1 per se recurrent selection in three spring canola (Brassica napus) populations. Proceedings of the 10th International Rapeseed Congress, Canberra Australia. * Falak, I., Falk, D. E., Tinker, N. 1999. Biological and molecular analysis of the Harrington/TR306 doubled haploid barley population for resistance to powdery mildew. Euphytica. 107/: 185-192
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