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Mehrzad (Milad) Eskandari

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics - University of Guelph
M.Sc. Plant Breeding - University of Karaj
B.Sc. Agronomy and Plant Breeding - University of Arsenjan

Research Interests:

Our research program focuses on the development of high-yielding stable soybean cultivars with value-added traits (e.g., high protein with enhanced amino acid profiles, high oil with altered fatty acid compositions, high sugar, high isoflavone, lipoxygenase-free, and low phytate) that help farmers to maintain a competitive edge and improve the quality of soybean for both food and industrial implications. Current projects include:

  • Developing high-yielding high protein cultivars with resistance to the Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN)
  • Developing high-yielding high isoflavone soybeans with resistance to the SCN
  • Developing high-yielding high oil soybeans with modified fatty acid profiles and resistance to the SCN
  • Studying the genetic control of oil and protein biosynthesis using molecular markers and the candidate gene (CG) approach
  • Studying the DGAT1 gene deficiency on soybean seeds oil biosynthesis and its fatty acid profiles

Research Associates:

Bryan Stirling
Ridgetown Campus
Phone: 519-674-1500 x63606

Recent Publications and Reports:

  • Eskandari M, ER Cober, and I Rajcan (2013) Using the candidate gene approach for detecting genes underlying seed oil concentration and yield in soybean. Theor Appl Genet 126(7):1839-50. doi: 10.1007/s00122-013-2096-7
  • Eskandari M, ER Cober, and I Rajcan (2013) Genetic control of soybean seed oil: II. QTL and genes that increase oil concentration without decreasing protein or with increased seed yield. Theor Appl Genet 126(6):1677-87. doi: 10.1007/s00122-013-2083-z
  • Eskandari M, ER Cober, and I Rajcan (2013) Genetic control of soybean seed oil: I. QTL and genes associated with seed oil concentration in RIL populations derived from crossing moderately high oil parents. Theor Appl Genet 126(2):483-95. doi: 10.1007/s00122-012-1995-3
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