Dr. Andres Posso-Terranova, MSc, PhD. – Plant Breeding and Genetics

Andres is a plant breeder and evolutionary biologist that has been studying several species of plants, animals and microorganisms since 2001. At the Global Institute for Food Security, Andres’ research focus on the exploitation of genetic variation of important crops. His projects will generate new tools, identify new types of starch of industrial interest, and most importantly, will survey for the presence of novel sources of high genetic diversity for valuable traits (adaptation, resistance to stressful environments, nutrient utilization, etc).  He has also used molecular biology methods and statistical analyses in plant breeding programs that aim to produce improved crops.

Andres has been also working on understanding the role of ecological and environmental factors in the speciation and population divergence processes. At the University of Saskatchewan, he is involved in coordinating and teaching the laboratory component of several genetics and molecular biology courses.  His research activities using genomic tools on natural populations lead him to the discovery of new species of poison-dart frogs.

Education: BSc Biology, Universidad del Valle; MSc Plant Breeding and Genetics, National University of Colombia; PhD Evolutionary Biology, University of Saskatchewan.