Acharya, Surya, Ph.D., FICN

Research Scientist, Forage Breeder


Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2277
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: surya.acharya@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • orchard grass
  • forage crops
  • legumes
  • alfalfa
  • other legumes *
  • grasses
  • other grasses *

Current Projects:

  • Develop new cultivars of alfalfa with improved productivity, adaptation and persistence through selection for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance.
  • Develop new cultivars of cicer milkvetch with improved seedling vigor for easier establishment.
  • Develop new cultivars of orchardgrass with improved persistence, productivity and nutritional quality through selection for stress tolerance (winter survival, disease resistance), forage yield and digestibility.
  • Participate in regional forage trials through running trials and coordination as required.
  • Develop non-traditional high quality forage crops with distinct advantages for livestock production.
  • Emerging giant wild rye cultivars and associated technology for improved production efficiency and alternative use
  • Conservation, regeneration and evaluation giant wild rye.

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor University of Alberta
  • Adjunct Professor University of Lethbridge
  • President International College of Nutrition
  • Guest Professor China Agriculture University

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2015

  • Acharya, S.N. (2015). "AAFC National Forage Study with special emphasis on Lethbridge Research Centre Breeding Program.", Oral presentation to Inner Mongolia Agriculture University delegates and prepared handout for the members, AAFC-Lethbridge, AB. (Presentation)
  • Acharya, S.N. (2015). "Sainfoin that prevents bloating in pasture cattle.", STB Weekly Science Story.
  • Acharya, S.N. (2015). Establishing new sainfoin for bloat-free alfalfa pasture. Brochure produced for Train the Trainer Session at Lethbridge, AB. July 21-22, 2015.
  • Acharya, S.N., Berg, B., and Iwaasa, A.D. (2015). "Seeding sainfoin – best practices for successful stand establishment.", Sainfoin Training: Improving the profitability of livestock grazing systems with sainfoin, AAFC-Lethbridge, AB, July 21-22, 2015.
  • Acharya, S.N., Berg, B., and Iwaasa, A.D. (2015). "Training the trainers for testing the new sainfoin populations for mixed pasture.", Sainfoin Training: Improving the profitability of livestock grazing systems with sainfoin, AAFC-Lethbridge, AB, July 21-22, 2015.
  • Acharya, S.N., Khatiwada, B., Thomas, J.E., and Messenger, D.F. (2015). "Introduction of bloat-free legumes into existing pastures for high performance cattle grazing.", 2015 ALMA AGM. (Abstract)
  • Azad, E., Forster, R.J., Acharya, S.N., McAllister, T.A., and Khafipour, E. (2015). "Rumen microbiota shifts in beef cattle induced with frothy bloat and received dietary interventions to alleviate the severity of bloat.", ADSA-ASAS 2015 JAM (Joint Annual Meeting), Orlando, Florida, USA, July 12-16, 2-15. (Abstract)
  • Huang, Q.Q., Hu, T.M., Jin, L., Acharya, S.N., McAllister, T.A., Iwaasa, A.D., Mchellenberg, M., and Wang, Y. (2015). "Effects of conservation method on condensed tannin content, ruminal and intestinal digestion characteristics of purple prairie clover.", Journal of Animal Science, 93(Suppl. S3), pp. 376. (Abstract)
  • Huang, Q.Q., Jin, L., Xu, Z., Barbieri, L.R., Acharya, S.N., Hu, T.M., McAllister, T.A., Stanford, K., and Wang, Y. (2015). "Effects of purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea Vent.) on feed intake, nutrient digestibility and fecal shedding of Escherichia coli O157: H7 in lambs.", Journal of Animal Science, 93(Suppl. S3.), pp. 373. (Abstract)
  • Iwaasa, A.D. et al. (2015). Best management practices for the re-introduction of sainfoin into existing alfalfa and grass pastures for western Canada. Alberta Beef Producer and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd. research proposal. Funding was approved for this research proposal for three years ending in 2018.
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Acharya, S.N., Coulman, B., Cade-Menun, B.J., and Sottie, E.T. (2015). "Bale grazing feeding strategies and alternative forages to consider for drier grazing environments.", BC Cattlemen’s Association – Maximizing our Forage Workshop and Field Day, Bar K Ranch, Prince George, BC, Canada, October 23, 2015.
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Acharya, S.N., and Sottie, E.T. (2015). "Effect of grazing sainfoin on longevity and production: the Swift Current experiences.", Sainfoin Training: Improving the profitability of livestock grazing systems with sainfoin, AAFC-Lethbridge, AB, July 21-22, 2015.
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Steppuhn, H., Wall, K., Acharya, S.N., and Sottie, E.T. (2015). "Pasture renovation options for enhancing productivity on saline and semiarid grasslands.", Saskatchewan Industry Beef Conference Forage and Grazing Symposium “Growing the Future”, Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place,, Regina, SK, Canada, January 21-23, 2015.
  • Jefferson, P.G. and Acharya, S.N. (2015). New Cicer Milkvetch Varieties for Fall Pasture. ADF 20110360 Annual Report. (Report)
  • Khatiwada, B., Acharya, S.N., Thomas, J.E., and Messenger, D.F. (2015). "Rejuvenation of depleted pastures with bloat-free legumes for high performance cattle grazing in Alberta.", Graduate Symposium, Lethbridge, AB, Canada. (Poster)
  • Khatiwada, B., Acharya, S.N., Thomas, J.E., and Messenger, D.F. (2015). "Rejuvenation of depleted pastures with bloat-free legumes for high performance cattle grazing.", Train the Trainer, Lethbridge, AB, Canada. (Poster)
  • Sottie, E.T., Iwaasa, A.D., and Acharya, S.N. (2015). "Fitting sainfoin into the grazing system.", Sainfoin Training: Improving the profitability of livestock grazing systems with sainfoin, AAFC-Lethbridge, AB, July 21-22, 2015.

2014

  • Larsen, R.J. and Acharya, S.N. (2014). "Perennial Cereal Rye Agronomy-Evaluating Biomass Yield, Quality and Perennial Habit Through a Series of Biomass Harvests.", CSA-CSHS Joint Annual Conference, Lethbridge, AB, Canada. (Poster)
  • Wang, Y., Sortie, E., Acharya, S.N., and McAllister, T.A. (2014). "Role of condensed tannin containing forages in pasture productivity, animal and environmental health. Balancing the Trade-Off between Productivity and Environmental Health.", Joint Meeting of the: Canadian Society of Agronomy and Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, July 10-12, 2014.

2011

  • Acharya, S.N., Iwaasa, A.D., Coulman, B., Jefferson, P.G., McAllister, T.A., and Wang, Y. (2011). "New sainfoin keeps pace with alfalfa for safe grazing.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Acharya, S.N., Iwaasa, A.D., McAllister, T.A., Wang, Y., and Thomas, J. (2011). "Animal performance and incidence of bloat in mixed alfalfa/sainfoin grazing.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Steppuhn, H., Schellenberg, M.P., Acharya, S.N., and Wang, Y. (2011). "A forage and grazing research update.", SWFA Annual General Meeting, Swift Current, SK, Canada, March 1, 2011.

2009

  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Advances in forage breeding with special emphasis on sainfoin improvement.", Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on Forage Crops meeting, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass in western Canada.", Cellulosic Biofuel Network (CBN) Meeting 2009, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada, January 22, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Forage breeding at Lethbridge Research Centre.", Grazing and Forage Field Day, Swift Current Centre, Swift Current, SK, Canada, June 29, 2009.
  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Use of native plants for desertification control in China.", Invited talk, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot, China, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Use of perennial grasses and legumes for desertification control.", Invited talk, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Acharya, S.N. (2009). "Use of perennial grasses and legumes for desertification control.", Invited talk, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot, China, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Acharya, S.N. and Goyal, A. (2009). "Advances in medicinal plant research: where should the emphasis be in future?.", 14th World Congress on Clinical Nutrition (WCCN) and 5th International Congress on Cardiovascular Diseases (ICCD), Doubletree by Hilton Košice Hotel, Košice, Slovakia, June 4-7, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Acharya, S.N., Basu, S.K., Acharya, K., Paul, S., and Datta Banik, S. (2009). "International collaboration on identifying and enhancing the functional food and nutraceutical properties of an annual forage legume fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.).", 14th World Congress on Clinical Nutrition (WCCN) and 5th International Congress on Cardiovascular Diseases (ICCD), Doubletree by Hilton Košice Hotel, Košice, Slovakia, June 4-7, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Acharya, S.N., Huang, H.-C., Basu, S.K., Entz, T., Erickson, R.S., and Friebel, D.R. (2009). "Finding Best Practices for Growing Alfalfa In the Northern Plains.", Crops & Soils Magazine, Continuing Education(Winter 2009), pp. 14-16.
  • Prasad, R., Basu, S.K., Acharya, S.N., Cárcamo, H.A., and Thomas, J.E. (2009). "Potential insect pests of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.).", 3rd Annual Graduate Students’ Association Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, March 14, 2009, pp. P6:21. (Abstract)
  • Prasad, R., Basu, S.K., Acharya, S.N., Thomas, J.E., and Friebel, D.R. (2009). "Cercospora leaf spot and Powdery mildew: two major diseases of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.).", 43rd Annual Prairie Universities Biological Symposium (PUBS 2009), University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, February 19-21, 2009, pp. 51. (Abstract)
  • Thomas, J.E., Bandara, M.S., Acharya, S.N., Driedger, D., Lynn Lee, E., Basu, S.K., and Prasad, R. (2009). "Refining ideas on selection of complex traits in plants.", 5th International Symposium of Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (ISBB), National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, November 18-20, 2009. (Abstract)
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