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Nancy McLean

Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding, Genetics

Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Email: nancy.mclean@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 893.7821
Mailing Address: 
Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
Agricultural Campus
PO Box 550
Truro, NS, B2N 5E3


  • B.Sc.(Agr.) 1983 Macdonald College, Department of Plant Science
  • M.Sc. 1986 Macdonald College, Department of Plant Science
  • Ph.D. 1996 Dalhousie University, Biology Department


  • Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
  • Canadian Institute of Agronomy
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University
  • Plant Breeder Status with Canadian Seed Growers Association

Research interests

  • Forage legume breeding
  • Pasture renovation and management
  • Low cost soil and crop improvement
  • Fate of transgenes in the environment
  • Riparian zones
  • Plant tissue culture


  • GENE2000 Genetics
  • PLSC4000 Plant Breeding
  • AGRN0202/2002 Forage-based Cropping Systems
  • RESM4008 Plant Science Project I: Experimental design lectures in these two courses
  • RESM4009 Plant Science Project II: Statistics lectures and consultations

Selected publications

  • Carignan, G.D., McLean, N.L., Fredeen, A.H., Winter, J.P. and Martin, R.C. 2008. Modified management-intensive grazing for biodiversity: Effects on low-input pasture productivity.  Grass forage Sce. [Submission in June 2010].
  • Halde, C. Winter, J.P., Hammermeister, A., McLean, N.L., Webb, K.T. and Martin, R.C. 2010.  soil compaction under varying intensities of rotation grazing.  Can. J. Soil Sci. [In preparation].
  • Jamieson, A.R. and McLean, N.L. 2008. Field observations on tetraploid red raspberry genotypes. 9th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium. Acta Hort. 183-187.
  • Van Acker, R.C., McLean, N.L. and Martin, R.C. 2007. Development of quality assurance protocols to prevent GM-contamination of organic crops. Pp. 466-489 In: Handbook of organic food safety and quality. J. Cooper, U. Niggli and C. Leifert (eds.) CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL, USA.
  • McLean, N.L. and Nowak, J. 1999. Meiotic chromosome pairing, isozyme analyses and ferritin expression in a red clover mutant capable of somatic embryogenesis. Annals of Botany 83: 315-323.