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Larsen, R. James, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Perennial Cereals Biomass Breeding

Contact Information:

5403 1st Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2159
Fax: 403-382-3156

Areas of Expertise:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • triticale
  • barley
  • interspecific and intergeneric crosses
  • genetic resources
  • plant breeding / reproduction
  • breeding systems
  • selection
  • cultivar development
  • crop selection and adaptation
  • induced recombination
  • abiotic stress
  • plant breeding selection tool development

Current Projects:

  • Breeding fall rye for improved falling number and grain yield
  • Breeding perennial cereal rye for improved adaptation, biomass quality, and grain yield
  • Development of perennial triticale from perennial cereal rye, perennial wheat, and triticale germplasm sources
  • Development of an inducible homoeologous recombination system for perennial cereal rye and perennial wheat


  • Canadian Society of Agronomy
  • Alberta Forages Industry Network
  • Member, Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat Rye and Triticale

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