M.Sc. Botany, University of Guelph;
Ph.D. Systematics, University of Guelph
Phone: 519-824-4120 x. 53572
Brassica napus, Canola breeding/biotechnology
Double haploid production of Canola, Barley, Wheat and Corn
Plant Breeders’ Rights
Research Interests:Spring and winter canola breeding for Ontario, western Canada and Europe using doubled haploid methodology.
In vitro selection of various traits including, disease resistance, frost hardiness and oil quality improvements (eg. reduced glucosinolates, reduced saturates) in canola.
Pest resistance sourced from wide crosses with weedy relatives, including cabbage seedpod weevil resistance, root maggot resistance and flea beetle resistance.
Development of an efficient microspore culture system in corn (Zea mays) for in vitro selection for disease resistance.
Development of a universal microspore culture system for production of doubled haploids in cereals (barley and wheat)
High antioxidant (rosmarinic acid) production in Mentha spicata (spearmint) for the nutraceutical and functional food industry.
Plant Breeders’ Rights field trials for industry.
For information regarding Ontario canola variety trials please visit the
Ontario Oil & Protein Seed Crop Committee website:
Selected Publications:Dosdall, L.M. and L.S. Kott. (2006). Introgression of resistance to cabbage seedpod weevil, Ceutorhynchus obstrictus, to Canola from white mustard. Crop Sci. 46: 2437-2445.
Fletcher, R.S., T. Slimmon, C.Y. McAuley and L.S. Kott. (2005). Heat stress reduces the accumulation of Rosmarinic acid and the antioxidant activity of Spearmint (Mentha spicata L.). J. of the Sci. of Food and Agr. 85: 2429-2436.
Beaith, M.E., R.S. Fletcher and L.S. Kott. (2005). Reduction of saturated fats by mutagenesis and heat selection in Brassica napus L. Euphytica 144: 1-9.
Fletcher, R.S., C. McAuley and L. Kott. (2005). Novel Mentha spicatum clones with enhanced rosmarinic acid and antioxidant activity. A Proceedings of WOCMAP III: The Third world Congress on Medical and Aromatic Plants Traditional Medicine and Nutraceuticals. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Feb 3-7, 2003. Acta Horticulturae Vol 6 no. 680: 31-40.
Ekuere, U.M., L.M. Dosdall, M. Hills, A.B. Keddie, L. Kott and A. Good. (2005). Identification, mapping, and economic evaluation of QTL's encoding root maggot resistance in Brassica. Crop Sci. 45: 371-378.
Kott, L.S., R.S. Fletcher and K. Perry. (2004). DEX and Trinder methods: Two new rapid quantitative assays for total glucosinolate levels in Brassica napus seed. Brassica 6: 1-5.
Kott, L.S. and L. Dosdall. (2004). Introgression of root maggot resistance (Delia spp.) derived from Sinapis alba L. into Brassica napus L. Brassica 6 (3&4): 55-62.
Burbulis, N. and L.S. Kott. (2004). A new yellow seeded canola genotype originating from double low black-seeded Brassica napus cultivars. Can. J. Plant Sci. 85: 109-114.
Rotem, K., A. Agrawal and L.S. Kott. (2003). Parental effects in Pieris rapae in response to variation on food quality: Adaptive plasticity across generations. Ecological Entomology 28:211-218.
Kott, L.S., I. Kyrychenko and R. Fletcher. (2002). Sclerotinia resistance in Brassica napus derived from in vitro UV-induced mutations. In: International Conference "Biotechnology Approaches for Exploitation and Preservation of Plant Resources", 26-31 May 2002, Yalta, Ukraine. pp.84-85.