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Dr. Anita Brûlé-Babel

Dr. Anita Brûlé-Babel

Dr. Anita Brûlé-Babel is a professor in the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba working in the area of wheat breeding and genetics. Her winter wheat breeding program focuses on the development of high yield, disease resistant winter wheat cultivars that are adapted to the prairies. Her primary area of research is the inheritance of disease resistance and the identification of molecular markers linked to genes for disease resistance. She has conducted extensive research on Fusarium head blight (FHB) of wheat and is involved in both national and international collaborations. She is responsible for coordinating a large…
Dr. Bruce Gossen

Dr. Bruce Gossen

Dr. Bruce Gossen graduated with a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Since then, he has been employed as a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, specializing in management of diseases of field crops. Over the course of his career, he has worked on disease management of forages and turf, cereals, pulse crops, canola and even vegetables. He has published more than 150 papers in refereed journals based on this work, has had a leadership role in many professional organizations, including a term as president of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, and has…
Dr. Dilantha Fernando

Dr. Dilantha Fernando

Dr. Dilantha Fernando is a professor and plant pathologist who works mainly with canola and wheat pathogens. His group studies resistance mechanims in host-pathogen interactions. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, he completed his honours bachelor of science degree in botany and thereafter his master’s degreee in microbiology in Sri Lanka. Dr. Fernando earned his PhD from Oregon State University in the United States and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa), and as a research associate at Michigan State Univeristy and the University of Arizona. He is a full professor in plant…
Dr. Gary Peng

Dr. Gary Peng

Dr. Gary Peng is a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon. His areas of expertise include plant pathology and integrated disease management, host-pathogen interactions, mechanisms of host resistance and blackleg clubroot diseases of canola. His current projects include: characterization and development of new resistant sources for management of clubroot in canola; developing new Brassica germplasms using genes of novel resistant mechanisms for durable resistance against clubroot on canola; monitoring and analysis of Leptosphaeria maculans race dynamics in Western Canada for effective blackleg resistance management; and mitigating blackleg disease of canola using fungicide strategies.
Dr. Kelly Turkington

Dr. Kelly Turkington

Dr. Kelly Turkington is a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alta. His areas of research include: the improvement and management of resistance to scald, net blotch, smuts, and root rots in barley breeding lines and varieties; investigation of the impact of cropping systems on cereal and oilseed diseases, and crop health, competitiveness, productivity and quality; disease control using integrated pest management and integrated crop management; barley research conducted as part of the Alberta/Canada Barley Development Agreement joint project between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Agriculture and Food.
Dr. Mary Burrows

Dr. Mary Burrows

Dr. Mary Burrows received a degree in biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1997, and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. She is responsible for applied research to address plant disease problems faced by the growers of Montana. Her primary responsibility is educating growers, extension agents, crop advisors and industry personnel about plant disease management in Montana. She serves as a communication link between the university and the agricultural community. She supervise the Schutter Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the Regional Pulse Crop Diagnostic Laboratory, the MSU Urban IPM Program, and represent Montana in…
Dr. Nick Poole

Dr. Nick Poole

Dr. Nick Poole is managing director of FAR Australia, an applied research and extension organization serving the cropping industry in Australia. The organization is a subsidiary organization of FAR in New Zealand, which is the grower levy organization for cropping farmers. He has more than 30 years of experience as a research agronomist, having been involved in field applied research in the Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. He is based in Geelong, Victoria.
Dr. Syama Chatterton

Dr. Syama Chatterton

Dr. Syama Chatterton is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre and an adjunct professor at the University of Lethbridge. Syama obtained a PhD in plant pathology at Simon Fraser University (2010), an MSc in environmental biology at the University of Guelph (2002), and a BSc in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University (1999). Her research in special crops pathology at AAFC focuses on management of root and foliar diseases of pulse crops, and molecular diagnostics and identification of soilborne pathogens. She currently leads research on several diseases that are impacting sustainable pulse…
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