KENDRA MCCLURE, PhD
Kendra joined Perennia in 2018 and was instrumental in establishing Perennia’s Plant Health Lab, a molecular biology lab located in Kentville as part of a partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. To date, the Plant Health Lab has screened thousands of grapevines from Nova Scotia vineyards for viruses using in-house testing facilities and continues to expand its services.
Kendra has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph (Department of Plant Agriculture). She has over ten years of experience in horticulture research in both the field and lab. Her M.Sc. research focused on alternative crop load management in apple, peach and sweet cherry trees. Her Ph.D. research focused on germplasm development in apple. Specifically, she used next-generation sequencing data to generate genetic markers that were used to map traits such as storage disorders, apple scab resistance, and fruit firmness, to name a few. Kendra has presented at international and national research conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals.