Jean-Marie Sobze


Applied Research Chair in Plant and Seed Technologies, Manager Boreal Forest Plant and Seed Technology Access Centre

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Boreal Forest Plant & Seed Technology Access Centre

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Jean-Marie is focused on developing practical technologies for native plant propagation and seed delivery. He has more than 18 years of experience in forest management and oil and gas industry-related reclamation research. Jean-Marie received his Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Gottingen, Germany, specializing in community-based forest management, and is registered as a Professional Forester with the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP).


native seed supply, plant propagation

Partners and industry collaborators

  • Paramount Resources Ltd.
  • Mercer International Inc.
  • Canfor
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd.
  • Zavisha Sawmills Ltd.
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
  • Boucher Bros Lumber Ltd.
  • Woodmere Nursery Ltd.
  • ASKI Reclamation
  • Twin Sister Nursery
  • Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement
  • Cho Cho Environmental
  • Tree Time Services Inc

Projects and initiatives

  • Applying Traditional Knowledge to Reclamation of Industrially Disturbed Boreal Forest
  • Examining the feasibility of terrestrial lichen transplantation and seeding technology
  • Enabling the development of plant and seed delivery businesses within Indigenous and Métis communities
  • Shrub Seed Orchard Development
  • The Use of Carbon Nanomaterials to Improve Seed Germination, Seedling Vigor and Growth

Published work

Arnott, A., Galagedara, L., Thomas, R., Cheema, M., and J.M. Sobze, (2021), The Potential of Rock Dust Nanoparticles to Improve Seed Germination and Seedling Vigor of Native Species: A Review, Science of The Total Environment, 145139. 

Ali M.H., Sobze J.M., Pham T.H., Nadeem M., Liu C., Galagedara L., Cheema M. and R. Thomas, 2020, Carbon Nanotubes Improved the Germination and Vigor of Plant Species from Peatland Ecosystem Via Remodeling the Membrane Lipidome, Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 1852; doi:10.3390/nano10091852. Funding source: Alberta Economic Development & Trade 

Ali, M.H, Sobze J.M., Pham T.H., Nadeem M., Liu C., Galagedara L., Cheema M. and R. Thomas, 2020, Carbon Nanoparticles Functionalized with Carboxylic Acid Improved the Germination and Seedling Vigor in Upland Boreal Forest Species, Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 176; doi:10.3390/nano10010176. Funding source: Alberta Economic Development & Trade 

Sobze, J.M., Yücel, C.K., Smreciu, A., and K. Gould, 2019, Effect of cold stratification on germination of nine boreal sedges, Native Plants Journal - Spring 2019 vol. 20 no.15. Funding source: CFI and NSERC 

Hudson, J. J., Yucel, C.K., Schoonmaker, A.L and J.M. Sobze, 2018, Effects of cold stratification on the germination of Vaccinium myrtilloides (common blueberry) and Vaccinium vitis-idaea (bog cranberry) seeds, NativePlants 18(3):245-251. Funding source: CFI and NSERC 

Kauur, J., Schoonmaker, A.L. and J.M. Sobze, 2015, Length of cold stratification pre-treatment affects germination in green alder (Alnus viridis (Chaix) DC. subsp. crispa (Aiton) Turrill) seeds collected from northwestern Alberta, Native Plants Journal 17(2):95–101. Funding source: CFI and NSERC 

Pinto, F., Rouillard, D., Sobze, J.M. and M. Ter-Mikaelian, 2007,  Validating tree species composition in forest resource inventory for Nipissing Forest, Ontario, CanadaThe Forestry Chronicle 83: 247-251. Funding source: Ontario Government 

Pinto, F., Ter-Mikaelian, M., Sobze, J.M. and D. Rouillard, 2007, A method to validate stand attributes in forest resource inventory: Case study in Nipissing Forest, Ontario, Ont. Min. Nat. Resour., Toronto, ON. Funding source: Ontario Government 

Sobze, J.M., Ter-Mikaelian, M. and S. Colombo, 2006, Wood Supply in Ontario: The Road to Better Prediction. Ont. Min. Nat. Resour., Toronto, ON. Funding source: Ontario Government.