Dr. Curtis Pozniak is a Professor and Wheat Breeder at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre and has been a faculty member since 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) in 1999 and a PhD in plant genetics and breeding in 2002 from the University of Saskatchewan. He is the lead scientist responsible for the durum and high yielding spring wheat breeding programs. He is a world-leader in the application of next-generation genomic technology to wheat breeding. He was named the Outstanding Young Researcher at the University of Saskatchewan and was bestowed the honor of Outstanding Young Agronomist by the Canadian Society of Agronomy.
Curtis’ presentation will focus on recent developments in wheat breeding technologies and their application in his wheat breeding program at the Crop Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan. Specifically, he will focus his talk on those technologies that show promise to increase breeding efficiencies, with the goal of developing new and improved wheat cultivars for Western Canadian producers.