Adriana Morrell, PhD

Faculty
Summary
I am very passionate about teaching and research. I was born in Cuba and obtained my BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Havana, where I worked as Plant Physiology instructor in 2006-2009. I came to Canada to complete my PhD research at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. My doctoral research examined the effects of sequence and frequency of crops in pulse and wheat based rotation systems and their influence on fungal diversity, microbial community structure, and crop performance. I became a full-time instructor in the Agriculture Science program at Lethbridge College in 2015. I am currently teaching Plant Physiology, Soil Fertility, Field Crop Production and Special Crop Production courses.
Expertise
Science and technology
Soil
Environment
Agronomy
Sustainable agriculture
Plant physiology
Mycology
Microbiology
Experimental Design
Database Management
Molecular biology

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

Full-time instructor at Lethbridge College since 2015. Developed and taught several courses in the Agriculture Sciences program, including Plant Physiology, Soil Fertility, Field Crops, Special Crops, Pasture and Forage Production, Sustainable Agriculture and Precision Agriculture.

Completed the Instructor Certification Program (ICP) at Lethbridge College in 2019.

Full-time instructor (Plant Physiology) at the University of Havana, Cuba (2006-10).

Research

2010-15: Research Affiliate, Semiarid Prairie Research Center (SPARC)/ Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

2006-10: Research Affiliate, Plant Physiology Lab, University of Havana, Cuba

2008-10: Research collaborator, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Laboratory, Institute of Ecology and Systematic, Cuba

2004-06: Research collaborator, Laboratory of Genetically Modified Fish, Agriculture Division, Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cuba.

Education

Academic Credentials

Full-time certified instructor, Lethbridge College. ICP completed in 2019 at Lethbridge College

Ph.D. Soil Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada (2015)

M.Sc. Plant Physiology, University of Havana, Cuba (2009)

B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Havana, Cuba (2006)

Publications

Navarro Borrell A, Shi Y, Gan Y, Bainard LD, Germida J, Hamel C. 2017. Fungal diversity associated with pulses and its influence on the subsequent wheat crop in the Canadian prairies. Plant & Soil. pp 1- 19. doi:10.1007/s11104-016-3075-y

Bainard LD, Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Braun K, Hanson K, Gan Y. 2017. Increasing the frequency of pulses in crop rotations reduces soil fungal diversity and increases the proportion of fungal pathotrophs in a semiarid agroecosystem. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 240: 206–214.

Yang C, Ellouze W, Navarro-Borrell A, Esmaeili-Taheri A, Klabi R, Dai M, Kabir6 Z, Hamel C. 2014. Book chapter: Management of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in sustainable crop production published by Springer, Z.M. Solaiman et al. (eds.), Mycorrhizal Fungi: Use in Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration, Soil Biology 41: 89-118, DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-45370-4_7.

Ellouze W, Esmaeili-Taheri A, Bainard LD, Yang C, Bazghaleh N, Navarro-Borrell A, Hanson K,  Hamel C. 2014. Soil fungal resources in annual cropping systems and their potential for management. BioMed Research International. Volume 2014, Article ID 531824, pages 1-15.  Note: First seven authors made an equal contribution to the elaboration of the manuscript.

Navarro-Borrell A, Ortega P, Rodés R, Ortega D. 2008. Temperature stress causes necrosis in black tobacco; quantification by image analysis. Revista Colombiana de Biotecnología. 10: 63-72.

Conference Presentations

Navarro-Borrell, A. 2019. Influence of four-year crop rotation sequences on the associated fungal community and crop productivity of wheat. Nutrient Management Today Conference. Lethbridge College. 13 Nov.

Navarro-Borrell A. 2017. Does your soil have what it takes? “Getting the Most from Nutrient Management Workshop” Lethbridge College, Lethbridge, AB, Canada. Feb. 23, 2017. http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/epw16322/$FILE/02-Adriana-NavarroBorrell.pdf

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2016. Influence of two-year pulse-wheat crop sequences on wheat performance and the structure of rhizosphere and root endosphere fungal communities. Farming Smarter Annual Grower Meeting. Lethbridge. 25 February.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Gan Y, Germida J. 2015. Influence of 4-Year Crop Rotations on the Structure and Function of the Root Endosphere Community and Performance of Wheat. Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development Conference. McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. 5-10 July.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2015. Fungal Diversity Associated with Pulses and its Influence on the Subsequent Wheat Crop in a 2-Year Study. Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development Conference. McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. 5-10 July.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal biodiversity associated with pulses and its influence on the subsequent wheat crop.  2nd Place Award for Excellent Student Oral Presentation. Mycorhizes 2015, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Proceedings of Mycorhizes 2015, page 11. 8-9 May.

Gan Y, Hamel C, Navarro-Borrell A, Yang C, Ellouze W, Bazghaleh N, Bandara M, May B. 2015. The Role of Annual Legumes in Cropping Systems. 15th Annual Pulse-Day Conference, organized by North Dakota State University and Montana State University, Williston, ND. Feb 2015. http://www.greatnorthernag.com/events/9/mondak-pulse-plus-day.aspx

Gan Y,  Hamel C, Yang C, Liu C, Navarro-Borrell A, Bazghaleh N, Bainard L, Abdellatif L. 2014. Healthy Crop Rotations – Looking Deep into Soil Biology. Agronomy Update 2014, organized by Alberta Agriculture Rural Development. Red Deer. 14-15 Jan. http://www.farmingsmarter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Agronomy-Update-2014-Brochure.pdf

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2014. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi biodiversity associated with pulses and its influence on the subsequent wheat crop.  Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting 2014. Banff Park Lodge Hotel, AB, 4-7 May. 3rd Place Award for Excellent Student Oral Presentation.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Dai M, Bazghaleh N, Bainard L. 2014. What you should know about the AM symbiosis and organic management of wheat-based cropping systems in the Canadian Prairie 17th Meeting of the Organic Research Advisory Council. SPARC. Swift Current, SK. 17th April.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2014. Managing soil microbial resources and wheat yield through crop rotation in 4-year systems in the Canadian Prairie. 6th International Food Legume Research Conference. TCU Place. Saskatoon, SK. 7-11 July.

Navarro-Borrell A, Hamel C, Bainard L, Gan Y, Germida J. 2013. Fungal diversity and microbial biomass associated with crop performance of pulse and wheat-based rotation systems in the Canadian Prairie. Colloque Mycorhizes 2013. University of Sherbrooke, QC, 18 Oct.

Navarro-Borrell A, Dai M, Hamel C, Fernandez MR, Gan Y, Germida J. 2013.  Crop Performance and Plant Microbe-Interactions are affected by the sequence and frequency of pulse crops in the Canadian Prairie. Proceedings of Soils and Crops. Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, 5-6 March. CD-ROM.

Navarro-Borrell A, Dai M, Hamel C, Fernandez MR, Gan Y, Germida J. 2012.  Fungal diversity and microbial biomass associated with crop performance of pulse and wheat-based rotation systems in the Canadian Prairie. Page 13, In Proc. Pulse Science Cluster meeting.