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Annick Bertrand

Research scientist
Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2560, Hochelaga Blvd.
Québec, Qué.
G1V 2J3

Phone : (418) 657-7985 Ext. 233
Fax : (418) 648-2402
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Research Interests

Obtained her Ph.D. in 1993 from Laval University and Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT, Colombia); post-doctoral studies at the Laurentian Forestry Centre (1993-1995). Research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since 1998.

Dr. Bertrand is conducting a research program focused on the response of perennial crops to environmental stresses, particularly frost, in a climate change context. Her research work deals with the physiological, biochemical and molecular bases of tolerance to frost and other biotic and abiotic stresses in perennial species.  Climatic change is a new research area in her program.  Atmospheric CO2 increase, higher winter temperature associated with higher incidence of freezing rain and thaw-freeze cycles, summer drought etc. are factors having increasing impact on plant survival.


  • Bertrand, A. et Bigras,F.  2006.  Atmospheric CO2 enrichment reduces carbohydrate and nitrogen reserves in overwintering Picea mariana.  Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 21: 3-13.     
  • Bigras, F. et Bertrand, A. 2006.  Responses of Picea mariana to elevated CO2 during growth, cold hardening and dehardening: Phenology, cold tolerance, photosynthesis and growth. Tree Physiology (sous presse)
  • Bois G., Bigras F., Bertrand A., Piché Y., Fung M.Y.P. & Khasa D.P. 2006. Differential effect of three ectomycorrhizal fungi on the physiological response of Picea glauca and Pinus banksiana seedlings exposed to a NaCl gradient. (Sous presse).
  • Bélanger, G., Castonguay, Y., Bertrand, A., Dhont, C., Rochette, P., Couture, L., Drapeau, R., Mongrain, D., Chalifour, F.-P. et Michaud, R. 2006. Winter damage to perennial forage crops in eastern Canada : Causes, mitigation, and prediction. Canadian Journal of Plant Science.  86: 33-47.
  • Bois, G., Bigras, F.J., Bertrand, A., Piché, Y., Fung, M.Y.P. et Khasa, D.P.  2005.  Growth, compatible solute and salt accumulation of five mycorrhizal fungal species grown over a range of NaCl concentrations.  Myccorhiza. Online First.
  • Bélanger, G., Castonguay, Y. et Bertrand, A. 2005. La survie B l’hiver. Pages 95-99 in G. Bélanger, L. Couture et G. Tremblay (eds), Les plantes fourragPres. Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ).
  • Castonguay, Y., J. Cloutier, S. Laberge, A. Bertrand et R. Michaud. 2005.  A bulk segregant approach to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with cold tolerance in alfalfa. pp. 88-102.  In T.H.H. Chen, M. Uemura et S. Fujikawa (eds), Cold hardiness in plants:  Molecular genetics, cell biology and physiology. CAB International, Wallingford, UK.
  • Bertrand, A. et Castonguay, Y.  2003.  Plant adaptation to overwintering stresses and implications of climate change.  Canadian Journal of Botany. 81: 1145-1152.
  • Prévost, D., Drouin, P., Laberge, S., Bertrand, A., Cloutier, J. et Lévesque, G.  2003.  Cold adapted rhizobia for nitrogen fixation in temperate region. Canadian Journal of Botany. 81: 1153-1161.
  • Bertrand, A., Castonguay, Y., Nadeau, P., Laberge, S., Michaud, R.,  Bélanger, G. et Rochette, P.  2003.  Oxygen deficiency affects carbohydrate reserves in overwintering forage crops.  Journal of Experimental Botany.  55: 1721-1730.
  • Bertrand, A., Castonguay, Y., Nadeau, P., Laberge, S., Rochette, P., Michaud, R.,  Bélanger, G., et Benmoussa, M.  2001.  Molecular and biochemical responses of perennial forage crops to anoxia at low temperature.  Plant, Cell and Environment 24:1085-1093.