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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Keller, Wilfred Arthur (Wilf) - 2017
Kennedy, Alex - 2014
Kennedy, Peter Hugh - 1978
Kilcher, Mark - 2003
Kilden, Marie - 1985
Kimber, Clement James - 1978
Kirk, Lawrence Eldrid - 1973
Kirkland, Kenneth John - 2002
Knott, Douglas Ronald - 1995
Knowles, Robert Patrick - 2006
Knowles, Robert Gordon - 1990
Koch, Alanna Lee - 2011
Kristjanson, Leo Friman - 1990

PortraitDouglas Ronald Knott

Douglas Knott, plant breeder and authority on wheat rust, was born November 27, 1927, at New Westminster, British Columbia. He graduated with his BSA from the University of British Columbia in 1948, obtained his masterís degree from University of Wisconsin in 1949 and his Ph.D from Wisconsin in 1952, specializing in plant genetics.

He joined the University of Saskatchewan Department of Field Husbandry in 1952 as an assistant professor of crop science. From 19651975 he was head of the crop science department. He served as acting dean of agriculture in 1979 and again in 1989. He was associate dean of research 1988-1993. In 1986 he was named as the first holder of the W.J. White Chair in Crop Science.

Douglas became an internationally recognized expert in wheat stem and leaf rust resistance. He developed methods for identifying genes that can be used in breeding rust resistant wheats and an innovative way to transfer genes from wild wheats to domesticated varieties. His book, "The Wheat Rusts - Breeding for Resistance," is highly regarded by the international wheat research community. His work on protection of wheat from ravages of rust stands as a major contribution to mankind.

Douglas Knott was also a successful plant breeder, developing a number of high yielding durum varieties that had good quality for pasta manufacture. He developed Stewart 63 durum in 1963, Arcola in 1983, Sceptre in 1985, and Plenty in 1990.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Agricultural Institute of Canada, and is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. He was instrumental in obtaining the Crop Development Centre for the University of Saskatchewan.

His skills are in demand internationally. He was wheat research director for the Zambia-Canada Project, 1983-88, and has travelled around the world presenting papers on his areas of expertise. He has been a research consultant and lecturer in Brazil, China and Kenya.

He served as president of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists 1958-59 and as honorary secretary of the SIA 1970-74. He retired as associate dean (research) in 1993 but continued his research on wheat rust and variety improvement.

"Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1995
by the College of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science
and Plant Ecology and the Crop Development Centre."

 

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