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Vineland welcomes Dr. Daryl Somers


October 21, 2008
By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

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Vineland welcomes
Dr. Daryl Somers

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre recently announced the
appointment of Dr. Daryl Somers to the new role of research chair,
molecular breeding and biotechnology for the centre.

October 20, Vineland, Ont. – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre recently announced the appointment of Dr. Daryl Somers to the new role of research chair, molecular breeding and biotechnology for the centre.

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doublehelixAs the research chair, molecular breeding and biotechnology at Vineland – an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to create a world-class centre for horticultural science and innovation in Ontario – Dr. Somers will focus on research initiatives that support the application of leading-edge genomics and breeding to improve horticultural crops.

He brings a wealth of experience to Vineland, including expertise in the use of DNA markers, high-throughput genotyping in large multi-species breeding programs. Prior to joining Vineland, Dr. Somers was a senior research scientist of molecular genetics, bioproducts and bioprocesses at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Somers’ previous experience includes research geneticist at the University of Missouri; research geneticist at Washington State University; and research scientist at the molecular genetics section of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Saskatoon Research Centre. Dr. Somers earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in cell biology and genetics, and a masters of science in botany and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Toronto.