Dr. Myriam R. Fernandez has worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre (SCRDC), SK for 30 years. She holds a BSc from York University and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto.
Among the main objectives of her research have been to gain a better understanding of the development and nature of important crop diseases, including Fusarium head blight and root rot of cereal and alternative crops; to determine the impact of management practices, such as cropping sequence, tillage method and glyphosate use, on crop and disease development and pathogen populations; and to improve strategies to minimize grain yield and quality losses.
She has been leading a multidisciplinary organic research program at SCRDC for over the last 10 years. Its objectives have included investigating disease reactions of cereal species and varieties grown organically, comparing crop diseases between organic and non-organic systems, and effectiveness of reducing tillage and benefits of diversified crop rotations, cover crops and intercropping on crop productivity and soil and crop health under organic management.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Breakout Room 4