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Simmonds, Daina, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Soybean Molecular Genetics

Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave, Building 21, Central Experimental Farm
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1320
Fax: 613-759-6566
Email: daina.simmonds@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Improvement of soybean agronomic traits using molecular technologies;
  • soybean transformation for resistance to fungal pathogens, cold tolerance and improved seed protein quality;
  • soybean transformaion for proof-of-function of novel genes;
  • use of transgenes to study complex biological mechanisms by translational profiling and forward genetics.
  • Development of soybean haploidy for molecular markers and mutagenesis to accelerate breeding programs.

Current Projects:

  • Improvement of Seed Protein Quality in Soybean and Studies on Regulation of Seed Protein Storage
  • Factors affecting virulence of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and mechanism(s) of resistance in soybean carrying the OxO transgene.
  • Soybean Genome Response to Sclerotinia and Oxalate

Research publications

2018

2014

2013

  • Zhang, Y., Itaya, A., Fu, P., Zheng, S.Q., Hulm, J., Blahut-Beatty, L., Marillia, E.-F., Lindenbaum, M., Fabijanski, S.F., and Simmonds, D.H. (2013). "Generation of stable engineered chromosomes in soybean.", Plant Biotechnology Journal, 30(5), pp. 455-464. doi : 10.5511/plantbiotechnology.13.0704b

2012

2011

2010

Other science related publications

2016

  • Wei, W., Wu, X., Belaffif, M., Hudson, M., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., and Simmonds, D.H. (2016). "RNA-seq data analysis of soybean leaves infected with Sclerotinia.", National Sclerotinia Initiative Annual Meeting 2016, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 20-22, 2016, Poster. (Abstract)
  • Wei, W., Wu, X., Wu, X., Belaffif, M., Hudson, M., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Simmonds, D.H., and Clough, S.J. (2016). "Identifying and verifying genes for defense to Sclerotinia.", National Sclerotinia Initiative Annual Meeting 2016, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 20-22, 2016, pp. 20.

2015

  • Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Belaffif, M., Hudson, M., Simmonds, D.H., and Clough, S.J. (2015). "Identifying and verifying genes for defense to Sclerotinia.", National Sclerotinia Initiative Annual Meeting, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 21-23, 2015, Poster, pp. 20. (Abstract)
  • Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Calla, B., Buchwaldt, L., Neece, D.J., Clough, S.J., and Simmonds, D.H. (2015). "Strategies to identify functionally significant defense genes against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", USDA-ARS National Sclerotinia Initiative. 12th Annual Meeting, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 22-24, 2014, pp. 32.
  • Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Calla, B., Buchwaldt, L., Neece, D.J., Cough, S.J., and Simmonds, D.H. (2015). "Strategies to identify functionally significant defense genes against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", USDA-ARS National Sclerotinia Initiative. 13th Annual Meeting, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 21-23, 2015, Number 9, pp. 30. (Abstract)
  • Davidson, A.L., Blahut-Beatty, L., Itaya, A., Zhang, Y., Zheng, S.Q., and Simmonds, D.H. (2015). "Oxalic Acid Function in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Davidson, A.L., Blahut-Beatty, L., Itaya, A., Zhang, Y., Zheng, S.Q., and Simmonds, D.H. (2015). "Oxalic Acid Function in Soybean during Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection.", 11th International Plant Molecular Biology Congress, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, October 25-30, 2015. (Abstract)

2014

  • Clough, S.J., Calla, B., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Neece, D.J., and Simmonds, D.H. (2014). "Utilizando dados de expressão de RNA para identificar genes e mecanismos envolvidos na defesa da soja a Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", , Londrina, Brazil, August 17-22, 2014.
  • Simmonds, D.H., Calla, B., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Buchwaldt, L., Neece, D.J., and Clough, S.J. (2014). "Gene expression studies to identify and verify the function of soybean defense genes against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", 15th Biennial Conference Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Soybean, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 3-6, 2014, pp. 44.
  • Simmonds, D.H., Calla, B., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Buchwaldt, L., Neece, D.J., and Clough, S.J. (2014). "Gene expression studies to identify and verify the function of soybean defense genes against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.", 2nd Plant Genomics Congress, Europe, London, UK, May 11-14, 2014. (Poster)

2012

  • Simmonds, D.H., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Buchwaldt, L., Zhang, Y., Calla, B., Neece, D.J., and Clough, S.J. (2012). "Identification of candidate defence-related genes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean; functional analysis in soybean, Arabidopsis, and Nicotiana benthamiana.", 14th Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Soybean Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, August 12-15, 2012, Number 104. (Abstract)
  • Simmonds, D.H., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Buchwaldt, L., Zhang, Y., Calla, B., Neece, D.J., and Clough, S.J. (2012). "Identification of candidate defence-related genes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean; functional analysis in soybean, Arabidopsis, and Nicotiana benthamiana.", 6th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, Hyderabad, India, October 2-7, 2012, Number P-PAD30. (Abstract)

2011

  • Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Calla, B., Neece, D.J., Radwan, O., Clough, S.J., and Simmonds, D.H. (2011). "Functional verification of candidate defense-related genes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean and Arabidopsis.", National Sclerotinia Initiative Annual Meeting, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 19-21, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Calla, B., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Neece, D.J., Clough, S.J., and Simmonds, D.H. (2011). "Identification of candidate defence-related genes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean and functional analysis in soybean and Arabidopsis.", Botrytis-Sclerotinia Post-Genome Workshop, Lyon, France, September 15-17, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Calla, B., Neece, D.J., Blahut-Beatty, L., Koziol, L., Simmonds, D.H., and Clough, S.J. (2011). "Identification of a soybean G-protein coupled receptor and its role in plant defense responses.", Plant Biology 2011, Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 6-10, 2011. (Poster)
  • Simmonds, D.H. (2011). "Functional verification of candidate defense-related genes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean and Arabidopsis.", National Sclerotinia Initiative 7th Annual Meeting, Bloomington, MN, USA, January 19-21, 2011, pp. 12. (Poster)
  • Simmonds, D.H., Zhang, Y., Calla, B., Fu, P., Blahut-Beatty, L., Zheng, S.Q., Itaya, A., Koziol, L., Simmonds, J.A., Neece, D.J., Fabijanski, S.F., Clough, S.J., and Lindenbaum, M. (2011). "Induced resistance to pests in crop plants modified with Oxalate Oxidase: identification of candidate defence-related genes and a strategy for gene stacking.", Biotechnology Havana 2011, Havana, Cuba, November 28-December 3, 2011.
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