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 FHB screening nursery in Carman, Man., that generates data for all wheat breeders in Western Canada. Her group is involved in mapping of FHB resistance genes in hexaploid wheat to be used as a selection tool for breeders. She has also investigated the interaction between specific host resistance genes and different chemotypes of the pathogen, conducted fungicide trials, evaluated screening methodologies and completed expression analyses of the host pathogen interaction. This research is being applied to make improvements to FHB resistance, understand the host-pathogen interaction, and develop strategies to reduce losses to this disease.

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