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Tom Warkentin Professor, Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair

2C04 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Breeding and genetics of pulse crops


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre

Research Interests

My main focus is plant breeding of pea cultivars for western Canada and the northern tier states, as well as research related to improving the pea crop in terms of disease resistance and end-use quality.  I also collaborate on soybean breeding for the short season regions of western Canada.

Areas of specialization

  • Plant breeding
  • Pulse crops
  • Disease resistance
  • End-use quality
  • Genomics


PhD 1992 University of Saskatchewan 
MSc 1986 University of Manitoba 
BSA 1983 University of Manitoba

Selected Recent Publications

Warkentin, T.D., Smykal, P., Coyne, C.J., Weeden, N., Domoney, C., Bing, D., Leonforte, A., Xuxiao, Z., Dixit, G., Boros, L., McPhee, K., McGee, R., Burstin, J., and Ellis, N. (2015) Pea (Pisum sativum L.). In: Antonio M. De Ron (Ed.) Grain Legumes, Series Handbook of Plant Breeding. Springer Science+Business Media, New York, pp. 37-83.

Shunmugam, A.S.K., Liu, X., Stonehouse, R., Tar’an, B., Bett, K.E., Sharpe, A.G., and Warkentin, T.D. (2015) Mapping seed phytic acid concentration and iron bioavailability in a pea recombinant inbred line population. Crop Sci 55: 828-836.

Jha, A., Tar’an, B., Marwan, M., Sindhu, A., Shunmugam, A., Bett, K.E., and Warkentin, T.D. (2015) Allele diversity analysis to identify SNPs associated with ascochyta blight resistance in pea. Euphytica 202:189-197. 

Liu, X., Glahn, R.P., Arganosa, G.C., and Warkentin, T.D. (2015) Iron bioavailability in low phytate pea. Crop Sci. 55:320-330.

Sindhu, A., Ramsay, L., Sanderson, L.A., Stonehouse, R., Li, R., Condie, J.,  Shunmugam, A.S.K., Liu, Y., Jha, A.B., Diapari, M., Burstin, J., Aubert, G., Tar’an, B., Bett, K.E., Warkentin, T.D., and Sharpe, A.G.  (2014)  Gene-based SNP discovery and genetic mapping in pea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 127:2225-2241. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00122-014-2375-y#/page-1

Selected Awards

2014 Pulse Promoter of the Year award from BASF and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, North American Pulse Improvement Association 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Canadian Journal of Plant Sciences

Funding Sources

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Western Grains Research Foundation Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Genome Canada Canada Foundation for Innovation Alberta Pulse Growers Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers SeCan Association