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Vineland Welcomes Dr. Daryl Somers as Research Chair, Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology
Date:10/14/2008

VINELAND, ON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to create a world-class centre for horticultural science and innovation in Ontario, today announced the appointment of Dr. Daryl Somers to the new role of Research Chair, Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology for the Centre.

"Vineland is determined to become a beacon of sustainability, original research, and practical application," said Dr. Jim Brandle, C.E.O., Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "We are very pleased Dr. Somers will be joining us as his expertise will help us achieve our vision and allow us to make meaningful contributions in the advancement of translational research as we work toward a future with innovative horticultural crops that have added value and reduced environmental impact."

As the Research Chair, Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology at Vineland, Dr. Somers will focus on research initiatives that support the application of leading-edge genomics and breeding to improve horticultural crops.

Dr. Somers 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, MB.

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.

About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Located in the Niagara Region, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a not-for-profit corporation. As result of a government, academic and industry-led initiative, Vineland is working to become a world-class research institution and international centre for horticulture and ornamentals research, innovation and commercialization.

Founded in 1906 through a gift by M. F. Rittenhouse, the Vineland Research Station has contributed to the emergence of a competitive horticulture industry in one of Canada's most unique geographic regions. It is accredited with the development and release of over 150 new varieties of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, as well as numerous production techniques and post-harvest technologies.


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