Soyagen Members

Rajcan, Istvan Ph.D.


University of Guelph


Research interest

I am a Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Canada. Since 1998, I have been leading a large and dynamic research program in soybean breeding and genetics at the University of Guelph. Beside developing soybean cultivars, my research focuses on seed composition (e.g., modified fatty acids, isoflavones, vitamin E, soyasaponins) for food and industrial uses, and exploration of genetic variation for yield and disease resistance traits using elite and exotic germplasm. In the past five years, I have become interested in genomics research in soybean to address questions such as the dynamics of genomic changes, selection signatures, genomic selection and genetic basis of important traits. 

Crop Science Building
Department of Plant Agriculture
50 Stone Road East University of Guelph
N1G 2W1 Guelph, ON
(519) 824-4120 extension : 53564

Ph.D. University of Guelph
B.Sc. (Agr.) University of Novi Sad

Davoud Torkamaneh - Post-doctoral - Studies in progress
Subject :

Production of a worldwide haplotype map by whole-genome re-sequencing

5 Latest publications

  • Genome-wide genetic diversity is maintained through decades of soybean breeding in Canada

  • Soybean (Glycine max) Haplotype Map (GmHapMap): a universal resource for soybean translational and functional genomics

  • Haplotype diversity underlying quantitative traits in Canadian soybean breeding germplasm

  • Comprehensive Description of Genome-Wide Nucleotide and Structural Variation in Short-Season Soybean

  • Comprehensive Description of Genome-Wide Nucleotide and Structural Variation in Short-Season Soybean

Together with my colleagues, I am involved in Activity 2, which is aimed at developing genomic selection tools to breed for increased yield.

I also co-lead Activity 4.3 together with Dr. Belzile, which involves the development of selection tools to facilitate the breeding of soybean cultivar with increased disease resistance, especially to Sclerotinia stem rot, or white mould.

  • André Luiz de Lima Passianotto, University of Guelph, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Chris Grainger, University of Guelph, Lab Manager
  • Davoud Torkamaneh, University of Guelph, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Robert Bruce,  University of Guelph, PhD Student