Provincial Council Profile

Robert Duncan, Ph.D., P.Ag.

Rob was born and raised on a farm near Miami, Manitoba. His family’s farm was a certified seed production farm, and he became involved in agriculture at a very early age. He received B.Sc. in Agronomy and his M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from the University of Manitoba in addition to completing an exchange program at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. He then attended the University of California, Davis for his Ph.D., focusing on breeding for disease resistance in dark red kidney bean.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., he moved to Texas where he was an Assistant Professor and the State Wheat/Oilseed Specialist at Texas A&M University. In 2012, Rob took over the leadership of the Brassica breeding program at the University of Manitoba. Rob is currently an Associate Professor and breeder at the University of Manitoba focusing on canola and rapeseed cultivar development. Rob currently teaches Genetics and Advanced Plant Breeding at the UofM.  

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