The 2017 Seed of the Year scholarship was awarded to Dustin MacLean, a plant breeding PhD student in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.

MacLean is studying genomic regions associated with resistance to Goss’s Wilt, early flowering, and dry down in maize with Prof. Elizabeth Lee. Goss’s Wilt is an emerging threat to Ontario maize production. MacLean’s research will result in the identification of genomic regions for Goss’s Wilt resistance in the commercial maize germplasm pool. He will also identify senescence pattern, flowering, and additional trait genomic regions of interest to Canadian maize breeding companies.

McLean demonstrates a strong understanding of the Canadian agricultural industry. Prior to his enrollment at the University of Guelph in 2017, he received his bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University and his master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan. MacLean’s PhD research project involves working closely with Maizex Seeds Inc.

Current Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Masters or PhD candidate enrolled in plant breeding or plant genetics (plant breeding preferred)
  2. $2,000 Scholarship per year
  3. Recipient must be willing to allow his/her name to be released in a news release