Roles and responsibilities
I am Team Lead for the Cell Technologies team within ACRD. Our focus is to develop and utilize plant cell culture methods to improve crop production. We work with a wide range of plant species including cereals, oilseeds, horticultural crops, and specialty crops.
Current research and/or projects
My focus is to develop and utilize doubled haploidy technology that will speed up the development of new superior crop varieties. An efficient doubled haploidy protocol will provide a competitive edge to our partners, reduce the time (up to 40%) and resources required by the plant breeders, provide higher yielding adaptable varieties to the producer, and provide better quality varieties to the consumer. We have established doubled haploidy protocols for several of the cereals, oilseeds, horticultural, and specialty crops.
Research and/or project statements
- Use plant cell and tissue culture to enhance crop development.
- Develop doubled haploidy methodology for Canadian crops. Currently working on wheat, potatoes and pulse crops.
Ph.D, University of Saskatchewan, 1990
MSc, University of Manitoba, 1986
B.S.A, University of Manitoba, 1984
- Plant Tissue culture
- Doubled haploidy
- International Association of Plant Biotechnology
- Toastmasters International
Inventions and patents
Ferrie, A.M.R., Mykytyshyn, M., Bethune, T. Methods for producing microspore derived doubled haploid apiaceae. US patent 7,923,248.
Ferrie, A.M.R., Balsevich, J., Kernan, Z. Microspore-based system for selection of improved agronomic performance and novel compositions in Saponaria. US Patent Application 11/913,418.
Ferrie, A.M.R. 2017. Doubled haploid production in higher plants. In: Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Vol 2, Thomas, B., Murray, B.G, and Murphy, D.J. (eds) Waltham, MA:Academic Press, pp. 147-151.
Ferrie, A.M.R., Irmen, K.I., Beattie, A.D., and Rossnagel, B.G. 2014 Isolated microspore culture of oat (Avena sativa L.) for the production of doubled haploids: effect of pre-culture and post-culture conditions. Plant Cell, Tiss. Org. Cult. 116:89-96
Ferrie, A.M.R. 2012. Advances in microspore culture technology: A biotechnological tool for the improvement of medicinal plants. Chapter 8 In: Biotechnology for Medicinal Plants. Chandra, S. (eds.) Springer-Verlag Berlin. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-29974-2_8
Ferrie, A.M.R. and Caswell, K.L. 2011. Review of doubled haploidy methodologies in ornamental species. Propagation of Ornamental Plants 11:63-77.
Ferrie, A.M.R. and Mollers, C. 2011. Haploids and doubled haploids in Brassica spp. for genetic and genomic research. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 104: 375-386
Ferrie, A.M.R., Bethune, T., and Mykytyshyn, M. 2011. Microspore embryogenesis in the Apiaceae. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 104: 399-406.
Malik, M.R., Wang, F., Dirpaul, J.M., Zhou, N., Polowick, P.L., Ferrie, A.M.R., Krochko, J.E. 2007. Transcript Profiling and Identification of Molecular Markers for Early Microspore Embryogenesis in Brassica napus. Plant Physiology 144:134-154.
International experience and/or work
Worked with a number of international companies.