Profile – Allen Good

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Allen Good

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I obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Ottawa in 1986 and worked as a  post-doctoral researcher at the Plant Biotechnology Institute/National Research Council labs in Saskatoon until 1989 when I accepted a faculty position in the Department of Genetics at the University of Alberta. My main research interests are in the genetics of crop improvement, and the molecular biology of stress tolerance and nutrient use efficiency in crop plants. My interests include the efficient use of genetics and genomics for plant improvement, specifically nitrogen use efficiency and the development of effective strategies for improving and advancing the products of plant biotechnology. Currently, I am a full professor at the University of Alberta.

Research Areas:

  • Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Crop N metabolism
  • Biological N fixation

Current N-related Projects:

  • Nitrogen Use Efficiency
  • Biological N fixation


Han, M., Okomoto M, Beatty PH, Rothstein SJ and Good AG. (2015) The Genetics of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crop Plants. Annual Reviews of Genetics 49:9.1-9.21 (doi:10.1146/annurev-genet-112414-055037).

Rothstein, S.J., Y-M. Bi, Coneva1, V., Han,M., & Good, A.G.  (2014) The Challenges of Commercializing Second Generation Transgenic Crop Traits Necessitate the Development of International Public Sector Research Infrastructure. J. Exp. Botany doi:10.1093/jxb/eru236.

Beatty, P.H. and Good, A.G. (2011) Future Prospects for Cereals that Fix Nitrogen. Science 333: 416-417.

McAllister C, Beatty P.H. and Good A.G. (2012) Engineering nitrogen use efficient crop plants; the current status. Plant Biotechnology Journal doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2012.00700.

Good, A.G. and Beatty, P.H. (2011). Fertilizing Nature: A Tragedy of Excess in the Commons. PLoS Biol 9: e1001124. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001124