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Balasubramanian, Parthiba, Ph.D.

Research Scientist (Dry Bean Breeder)

Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South, PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2275
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: parthiba.balasubramanian@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Development of dry bean cultivars with early maturity for production on the prairies
  • Development of germplam lines with resistance to common bacterial blight and anthracnose
  • Development of dry bean cultivars with improved disease resistance and seed quality

Current Projects:

  • Bean Breeding, quality and molecular genetics.
  • Dry bean breeding for the Eastern Prairies
  • Incorporation of Multiple Disease Resistance to Dry Beans: Application of molecular markers to pyramid resistant genes to anthracnose, bean common mosaic virus and common bacterial blight in pinto and b;ack beans
  • Developing new pulse crop cultivars with improved quality and processing opportunities while reducing production risks
  • Genetic enhancement of pulse crops in Canada
  • National IPM strategy for the control of anthracnose for the Canadian dry bean industry

Affiliations:

  • Bean Research Committee, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association Inc.

Research publications

2018

2017

2016

2015

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.-H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2015). "AAC Burdett pinto dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(1), pp. 179-181. doi : 10.4141/cjps-2014-248
  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.-H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2015). "AAC Whitehorse great northern dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(1), pp. 175-177. doi : 10.4141/cjps-2014-247
  • Bing, D.-J., Beauchesne, D., Vera, C.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2015). "AAC liscard maple pea.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(6), pp. 1279-1281. doi : 10.4141/CJPS-2015-080

2014

2013

2012

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.-H., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2012). "AAC Tundra great northern dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 92(7), pp. 1403-1405. doi : 10.4141/cjps2012-066

2011

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Kiehn, F.A., and Mündel, H.-H. (2011). "Carman Black dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 91(3), pp. 519-521. doi : 10.4141/cjps2010-005
  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., Park, S.J., Yu, K., Kiehn, F.A., and Navabi, A. (2011). "Portage common bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 91(3), pp. 523-525. doi : 10.4141/cjps2010-015

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2017

  • Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2018) QTL mapping of seed hardness trait in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Joint Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society and Canadian Society of Agronomy, Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 (poster).

2016

  • K.A. Kader, P.M. Balasubramanian, and S. Chatterton. Effect of irrigation and plant canopy architecture on white mold disease development in dry bean. Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (oral presentation)
  • K.A. Kader, P.M. Balasubramanian, and S. Chatterton. Identification of molecular markers linked to resistance to bacterial wilt in dry bean. Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (poster presentation)
  • Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2016) Genetic analysis of seed hardness trait in a black bean recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. The 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, October 25-28, 2016.

2015

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Kader, K.A., and Chatterton, S. (2015). "Effect of irrigation and plant canopy architecture on white mold development in dry bean.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., Gossen, B.D., and Penner, W.C. (2015). "Soybean root rot and phytophthora rot in Manitoba, Canada.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 37, pp. 247. (Abstract)

2014

  • Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Navabi, A., Yu, K., and Hou, A. (2014). "Combining resistance to common bacterial blight, anthracnose and bean common mosaic virus in dry bean.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014, Presentation. (Poster)
  • Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., Erickson, R.S., Bowness, R.T., and Harding, M.W. (2014). "Pea root rot in Alberta: surveys and pathogen identification.", 35th Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Canmore, AB, Canada, October 27-29, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., and Howard, R.J. (2014). "Race structure of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola from dry bean fields on the Canadian prairies.", Annual Report of the Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC), 57, pp. 147-148.
  • Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Erickson, R.S. (2014). "Irrigation and cultivar interactions effect development of white mold of bean.", 35th Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Canmore, AB, Canada, October 2014.
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Chang, K.F., and McRae, K.B. (2014). "Reactions of dry bean cultivars from western Canada to root rot.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Poster)
  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Fusarium species from soybean in Manitoba.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Soybean root rot and Phytophthora rot in Manitoba, Canada.", CPS Regional Meeting, Morden, MB, Canada, December 4, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Larney, F.J., Li, L., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2014). "Conservation management practices and rotations for irrigated dry bean production in southern Alberta.", ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting 2014, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 2-5, 2014.
  • McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., Strelkov, S.E., and Gossen, B.D. (2014). "Fusarium species isolated from dry bean and field pea in Manitoba: Identification, pathogenicity and prognosis.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Abstract)
  • McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L., Mohr, R.M., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Chang, K.F. (2014). "The root of the problem: Fusarium and Phytophthora in Manitoba soybean fields.", Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) Crop Management Forum, Brandon, MB, Canada, November 18, 2014. (Abstract)

2013

  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Chang, K.F., Hwang, S.F., and Strelkov, S.E. (2013). "Root rot disease caused by Fusarium cuneirostrum in dry bean in Canada.", 84rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, June 16-19, 2013.
  • McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Chang, K.F. (2013). "Root rot of pulses in Manitoba.", Manitoba Special Crops 7th Symposium, Victoria Inn and Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, February 6-7, 2013.

2012

  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Chang, K.F. (2012). "Fusarium species from dry bean and field pea in Manitoba.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012, pp. 6.
  • Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Chang, K.F. (2012). "Root rot pathogens in dry bean and field pea fields in Manitoba.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) Manitoba Regional 2012 Meeting, Brandon, MB, Canada, November 29, 2012, Published in: Can. J. Plant Pathol. (2013), 35(2), pp. 270.
  • Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z., Regitnig, P.J., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2012). "Irrigated crop rotation research: Findings from the Vauxhall rotation study over 12 years (2000-11).", 2012 Irrigated Crop Production Update Conference, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 31-February 1, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2012). "Irrigated dry bean response to cropping history and soil management practices in southern Alberta.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012. (Abstract)

2011

  • Akter, Z., Lupwayi, N.Z., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Nitrogen-use efficiency and biological nitrogen fixation of dry beans.", 49th Annual Alberta Soil Science Workshop, Ramada Inn, Edmonton, AB, Canada, February 14-16, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Akter, Z., Lupwayi, N.Z., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Nitrogen-use efficiency and biological nitrogen fixation of dry beans.", Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative and North American Pulse Improvement Association (BIC/NAPIA 2011), Verdanza Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 30-November 2, 2011. (Abstract)
  • Akter, Z., Lupwayi, N.Z., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Nitrogen-use efficiency and biological nitrogen fixation of dry beans.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011. (Abstract)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M. and Torgunrud, S.M. (2011). "List of Researchers working on Pulse Crops.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Factsheet)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M. and Torgunrud, S.M. (2011). "Taking the pulse of Canada’s pea, lentil, dry bean and chickpea industry.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC), 2 pages. (Factsheet)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A., Conner, R.L., McLaren, D.L., Navabi, A., and Pauls, K.P. (2011). "Improvement of dry bean on the prairies for high yield, disease resistance and seed quality.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011.
  • Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Gillard, C.L., and Hou, A. (2011). "Evaluation of dry bean lines for resistance to common bacterial blight.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Conner, R.L. (2011 Internal). Dry Bean Breeding Annual Report (submitted to the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA))., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011 Internal). 2011 Interim Report ARDI 10-1021: Evaluation and Development of Dry Bean Cultivars for Production in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011 Internal). 2011 Interim Report ARDI 10-1021: Evaluation and Development of Dry Bean Cultivars for Production in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Dry bean breeding research.", Pulse Beat, 2011(64), pp. 38.
  • Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z., Regitnig, P.J., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Dry bean performance in the Vauxhall irrigated rotation study over 12 growing seasons (2000-11).", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011. (Abstract)
  • Yu, K., Navabi, A., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "An update on the molecular development and marker-assisted selection in AAFC bean breeding programs.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011.

2010

  • Erickson, R.S. and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). "Survey of diseases of dry bean in southern Alberta in 2009.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 90, pp. 121-122.
  • Gillard, C.L., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Boland, G.J. (2010). "New IPM strategies to control dry bean anthracnose.", 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Calgary, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2010.
  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Conner, R.L. (2010 Internal). 2010 Annual Report to ARDI 07-802: Dry Bean Crop Improvement in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Yu, K., and Navabi, A. (2010). Marker-assisted pyramiding of resistance to common bacterial blight and anthracnose in navy bean, in 2010 BIC Annual Report., Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Nguyen, V., Cui, Y., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). "Worldwide dry bean germplasm collections useful for cultivar development for production in Canada.", 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Calgary, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2010.
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). Hydration patterns vary in diverse dry bean market classes and cultivars, in 2010 BIC Annual Report., Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC). (Report)
  • Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z., Regitnig, P.J., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). "Wide-row vs.na rrow-row production of dry beans in the Vauxhall irrigated rotation study.", 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Calgary, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2010.

2009

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., Yu, K., Hou, A., and Navabi, A. (2009 Internal). Marker-assisted development of dry bean cultivars with resistance to bean common bacterial blight, anthracnose and bean common mosaic virus for reduced use of pesticides. Final Report submitted to AAFC-Pest Management Centre, April 14, 2009. (Report)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2009). "Bacterial wilt in dry bean and inheritance of resistance to the disease in Early Rose and PI136725.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Daniels, C.R., Braun, J., and Chelle-Anderson, C. (2009). "Development of CBB and White Mould Resistant Dry Bean Cultivars for Alberta.", Alberta Pulse Growers (Zone 1) Annual General Meeting, Taber, AB, Canada, December 7, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Root rot resistance in dry bean cultivars.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 27.
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Screening dry bean for anthracnose resistance.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 21.
  • Conner, R.L., McLaren, D.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Evaluation of dry beans for resistance to white mould.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 26-27.
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Hydration patterns vary in diverse dry bean market classes and cultivars.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Yu, K., and Navabi, A. (2009). "Marker-Assisted Pyramiding of Resistance to Common Bacterial Blight and Anthracnose in Navy Bean.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Common bacterial blight - breeding dry bean resistance.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 24-25.
  • Marles, M.A.S., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Bett, K.E. (2009). "Seed coat pigmentation traits of black and red bean phenotypes.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Navabi, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Pauls, K.P. (2009). "Genetic diversity in Canadian contemporary common bean: A pedigree analysis.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009, O-31. (Presentation)
  • Navabi, A., Pauls, K.P., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "An historical study of genetic diversity in Canadian common bean gene-pool.", Joint Annual Meeting of the CSA-CSSS-CSAFM: Sciences for Sustainability: Soils, Agronomy, and Atmosphere, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, August 5-7, 2009.
  • Navabi, A., Pauls, K.P., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Genetic Diversity in Canadian Common Bean Varieties Since 1930.", 2009 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, November 1-5, 2009.
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