Project Description

PLEASE NOTE: Perennia’s Molecular Biologist, Kendra McClure, is currently on maternity leave. All Plant Health Lab inquiries should be directed to Xiaotang Yang


Molecular Biologist

Kendra joined Perennia in June 2018 and will be focused on developing and running a new molecular biology lab located at the Kentville Research and Development Centre as part of a Perennia partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The goal of the lab is to provide diagnostic molecular testing in Nova Scotia and it is anticipated to be up and running in late summer 2018.

Kendra has a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University (Department of Biology), as well as an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph (Department of Plant Agriculture). Her M.Sc. research focused on alternative cropload management in apple, peach, and sweet cherry trees. Her Ph.D. research, completed in conjunction with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture, focused on genetic mapping in apple. Specifically, she used next-generation sequencing data to generate genetic markers that were then used to map traits important to the industry and breeders, such as storage disorders, apple scab resistance, and fruit firmness, to name a few.

Kendra has presented at international and national research conferences, including the IFTA annual conference. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, and has volunteered her time for organizations in the Annapolis Valley. She relocated to the Valley five years ago and looks forward to helping local growers in her new position at Perennia.

Cell: 902-300-3825