Canadian Potato Summit 2022
February 2, 2022 at
VIEW VIDEO 12:05pm - 12:55pm
Keynote: Potato variety development for sustainable and climate-smart agriculture
Speaker: Helen Tai, research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, N.B.
Dr. Helen Tai is a Potato Genetics and Genomics Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She received her B. Sc. in Biochemistry and M. Sc. in Anatomy at the University of Toronto. She went on to the University of Ottawa for doctoral studies on mammalian genetics and molecular biology. Dr. Tai made an enlightened switch to plant biology during her post-doctoral fellowship with the Canadian Forest Service and joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2006. Her research is focused on improving potato breeding. She is currently leading a project on genomic selection for potato breeding. Her research also includes Colorado potato beetle resistance, Verticillium wilt resistance, nitrogen use efficiency, cold storage quality and diploid breeding. Dr. Tai collaborates with researchers across Canada and around the world including work with the International Potato Centre and others on genome sequencing of potato and its wild relatives. Dr. Tai is the current President of the Potato Association of America.