An Interview with Dr. Tom Warkentin

Dr. Tom Warkentin is professor in the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Tom Warkentin

Professor in the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Tom Warkentin

Dr. Warkentin presented "Breeding Pea for Improved Protein Concentration and Quality" during the session on Emerging Technologies for Plant Protein Quality-Based Supply Chains - Global Crops. A recording of the presentation is available to registrants for 30 days after the meeting.

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About Dr. Tom Warkentin

Dr. Tom Warkentin is a professor in the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan. He received his Ph.D. in Crop Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992. He is breeding field pea cultivars with the goal to improve yield, disease resistance, agronomic traits and end-use quality, as well as soybean breeding for early maturity and high yield. Tom has supervised many graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and has published on the above topics.

What discoveries from your previous research inform the work you plan to discuss at the Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum?

My presentation’s title is “Breeding pea for improved protein concentration and quality.” My previous research includes published papers on quantitative trait locus and genome-wide association study analyses for multiple traits in peas, including protein concentration.

What is the significance of the research you plan to discuss at the Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum, either for future research routes or for real-world applications?

Developing pea varieties with increased protein concentration and quality will be beneficial for the protein fractionation industries, food companies and consumers.

Describe the biggest problem you encountered and solved during your most recent project?

Crop science fieldwork is always exposed to the vagaries of weather, and researchers must be prepared and flexible.

What excites you about your work?

Collaborative work to address complex real-world problems excites me most about my work.

What do you like to do when you are not in the lab or presenting at meetings?

I love to spend time with my grandchildren.