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Tom Warkentin Professor

Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair in Field Pea Breeding and Genetics

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


  • Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan 
  • M.Sc. University of Manitoba 
  • B.S.A. University of Manitoba

Selected Publications

Lam, A.C.Y., Warkentin, T.D., Tyler, R.T., and Nickerson, M.T.  2017.  Physicochemical and functional properties of protein isolates obtained from several pea cultivars.  Cereal Chemistry, 94(1): 89-97.  https://doi.org/10.1094/CCHEM-04-16-0097-FI

Raboy, V., Johnson, A., Bilyeu, K., Brinch-Pedersen, H., Cichy, K., Hurrell, R.F., Zeder, C., Rasmussen, S.K.,  Warkentin, T.D., Thavarajah, P., Shi, J., Zhou, L., and Shu, Q.  2017.  Evaluation of simple and inexpensive high-throughput methods for phytic acid determination.  Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 94(3): 353-362.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11746-016-2946-y

Tanino, K., Willick, I.R., Hamilton, K., Vijayan, P., Jiang, Y., Brar, G.S., Yu, P., Kalcsits, L., Lahlali, R., Smith, B., Fowler, D.B., Kutcher, R., Bueckert, R., Warkentin, T., and Karunakaran, C.  2017.  Chemotyping using synchrotron mid-infrared and X-ray spectroscopy to improve agricultural production.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 97(6): 982-996.  https://doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0376 

Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Zakeri, H., and Warkentin, T.  2017.  Symbiosis of selected Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae strains with diverse pea genotypes: effects on biological nitrogen fixation.  Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 63(11): 909-919. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2017-0281

Wang, N., Warkentin, T.D., Vandenberg, B., and Bing, D.J.  2014.  Physicochemical properties of starches from various pea and lentil varieties, and characteristics of their noodles prepared by high temperature extrusion.  Food Research International, 55: 119-127.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2013.10.043

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:  De Ron, A.M. (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 Science, 55(2): 828-836.  https://doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2014.08.0544 

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(2): 189-197.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10681-014-1254-6

Liu, X., Glahn, R.P., Arganosa, G.C., and Warkentin, T.D.  2015.  Iron bioavailability in low phytate pea.  Crop Science, 55(1): 320-330.  https://doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2014.06.0412

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.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00122-014-2375-y