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Bruce E. Coulman Professor

4D66 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Breeding
  • Genetics and management of perennial forage crops

Brief Biography

Bruce Coulman is a professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Saskatchewan.  He served as head of the department for an eight year period.  His research program focuses on the breeding and genetics of perennial forage grasses and annual cereal forages, and he also carries out research on forage agronomy and grass seed production.  Over his 40 year career, he has been a professor at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and has been in his present position at the University of Saskatchewan since 2005. 


Plant Sciences

Other Affiliations/positions

Chair, Board of Trustees, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture


BSA – Crop Science (Honours) University of Saskatchewan  1971 
M.Sc. – Plant Breeding  University of Saskatchewan  1973 
Ph.D. – Plant Breeding  University of Manitoba  1976

Selected Recent Publications

Yining Liu and Bruce Coulman.  2015.  Morphological and Agronomic Variation of Puccinellia nuttalliana Populations From the Canadian Great Plains.  Can. J. Plant Sci. 95: 67-76.

Bruce Coulman, Heather Loeppky, and Martin Entz.  2015.  The effect of late fall seeding time on the seed production of Italian ryegrass.  Can. J. Plant Sci. 95: 641-645.

Bruce Coulman, Ajay Dalai, Emily Heaton, Camilo Perez Lee, Mark Lefsrud, David Levin, Peggy G. Lemaux, David Neale, Sharon P. Shoemaker, Jaswinder Singh, Donald L. Smith and Joann K. Whalen  2013.  Developments in Crops and Management Systems to Improve Lignocellulosic Feedstock Production.  Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 7(5):  582-601. 

Yining Liu, Yong-Bi Fu and Bruce Coulman.  2013.  Evaluating Genetic Variation and Relationships Among Puccinellia nuttalliana Populations Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism Markers.  Can. J. Plant Sci. 93: 1097-1104.

Surya Acharya, Edmond Sottie, Bruce Coulman, Alan Iwassa, Tim McAllister, Yuxi Wang and Jinghui Liu.  2013.  New Sainfoin Populations for Bloat-free Alfalfa Pasture Mixtures in Western Canada.  Crop Sci. 53:2283-2293.

Selected Awards

Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award 2008.  Annual award of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and Germination Magazine.   This award recognizes a Canadian researcher whose work has contributed to the advancement of plant agriculture and was based on Bruce Coulman’s 32 year career as a forage crops breeder.

Honorary Life Membership Award. Canadian Seed Growers’ Association. 2010.  Presented to individuals who, by distinguished services for the Association, have contributed to the betterment of Canadian agriculture.

Forage Industry Innovation Award. Saskatchewan Forage Council.  2014. This award recognizes exemplary innovation, leadership, service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry.

Leadership Award.  Canadian Forage and Grassland Association.  2015.  In recognition of leadership that has truly made a difference for the forage and grassland sector on a national and international level.

W.J. White Professorship.  Plant Sciences Department, University of Saskatchewan. 2015-2017. In recognition of excellence in career.

Funding Sources

  • Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund
  • Beef Cattle Research Council
  • Alberta Beef Producers
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Western Grains Research Foundation


PLSC 418 Management of Arable Grassland

PLSC 492/494 Thesis in Plant Sciences