Benjamin Mimee

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Research scientist - Nematology

Development of alternative methods for the management of plant parasitic nematodes

Current research and/or projects

Genomic tools for the control of Heterodera glycines, an emerging pest of soybean

Assessment and eradication of Globodera spp. in production of potato (

SoyaGen: Improving yield and disease resistance in short-season soybean (

Integrated pest management of the stem and bulb nematode, Ditylenchus dipsaci

Biovigilance for the sustainability of organic soils

Characterization of agriculture microbiomes to monitor the effect of environmental perturbations on biodiversity and pest incidence

Research and/or project statements

Integrated pest management: development and validation of IPM program for plant parasitic nematodes.

Genomics and population genetics of nematodes: virulence mechanisms, routes of introduction, population evolution/adaptation in time, impact of climate change on pest development and management, identification of genes of interest for control, plant-nematode interactions to support breeding programs.

Biodiversity: measure the impact of agricultural practices on soil microbiome and ecological functions.

Education and awards

Recepient of the Syngenta Crop Protection Award 2018, presented by Syngenta and the Society of Nematologist (SON) to a person who has made contributions in nematology, which has led to significant advancement in agriculture.

Key publications



Boucher St-Amour, V.T., B. Mimee, D. Torkamaneh, M. Jean, F. Belzile, and L. O’Donoughue. 2020. Characterizing resistance to soybean cyst nematode in PI 494182, an early-maturing soybean accession. Accepté pour publication dans Crop Science


Vieira, P., A. Peetz, B. Mimee, K. Kutsuwa, D. Mollov, A. MacGuidwin, I. Zasada, and L.G. Nemchinov. 2020. Prevalence of the root lesion nematode virus (RLNV1) in populations of Pratylenchus penetrans from North America. Accepté pour publication dans Journal of Nematology.


Dick, K., B. Samanfar, B. Barnes, E. Cober, B. Mimee, L. Tan, A. Wong, S. Molnar, K. Biggar, A. Golshani, F. Dehne, and J.R. Green. 2020. PIPE4: Ultra-Fast PPI predictor for comprehensive inter- and cross-species interactomes. Scientific Reports 10:1390. /10.1038/s41598-019-56895-w


Kooliyottil, R., L.M. Dandurand, J.C. Kuhl, A. Caplan, F. Xiao, B. Mimee, and J. Lafond-Lapalme. 2019. Transcriptome analysis of Globodera pallida from the susceptible host Solanum tuberosum or the resistant plant Solanum sisymbriifolium. Scientific Reports 9:13256.


Xu, Y., M.-T. Charles, Z. Luo, B. Mimee, Z. Tong, D. Roussel, D. Rolland, and P.-Y. Véronneau. 2019. Preharvest UV-C treatment affected postharvest senescence and phytochemicals alternation of strawberry fruit with the possible involvement of abscisic acid regulation. Food Chemistry, Article 125138.


Sabeh, M., E. Lord, É. Grenier, M. St-Arnaud, and B. Mimee. 2019. What determine host specificity in hyperspecialized plant pathogens? BMC Genomics 20:457.


Poirier, S., N. Dauphinais, G. Bélair, V. Gravel, and B. Mimee. 2019. Validation of extraction methods for diagnosis of the stem and bulb nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 41:597-602.


Dandurand, L.-M., I.A. Zasada, X. Wang, B. Mimee, W. DeJong, R. Novy, J. Whitworth, and J. Kuhl. 2019. Current Status of Potato Cyst Nematodes in North America. Annual Review of Phytopathology. 57:117-133.


Mimee, B., E. Lord, P.-Y. Veronneau, R. Masonbrink, Q. Yu, and S. Eves-van den Akker. 2019. The Draft Genome of Ditylenchus dipsaci. Journal of Nematology. 51 e2019-27.


Mimee, B., N. Dauphinais, and G. Bélair. 2019. “Piler Dirt” survey for the sampling and detection of potato cyst nematodes. Plant Disease 103:2065-2069.


Masonbrink, R., T.R. Maier, U. Muppirala, A.S. Seetharam, E. Lord, P.S. Juvale, J. Schmutz, N.T. Johnson, D. Korkin, M.G. Mitchum, B. Mimee, S. Eves-van den Akker, M. Hudson, A.J. Severin, and T.J. Baum. 2019. The genome of the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) reveals complex patterns of duplications involved in the evolution of parasitism genes. BMC Genomics 20:119.


Xu, Y., M.-T. Charles, Z. Luo, B. Mimee, Z. Tong, P.-Y. Véronneau, D. Rolland, and D. Roussel. 2019.  UV-C priming of strawberry leaves against subsequent Mycosphaerella fragariae infection involves the action of ROS, plant hormones and terpenes. Plant, Cell & Environment 42:815-831.


Gagnon, A.-E., G. Boivin, G. Bélair, and B. Mimee. 2019. Prevalence of a nematode castrator of the carrot weevil and impact on fecundity and survival. Parasitology 146:702-707.


Xu, Y., M.-T. Charles, Z. Luo, B. Mimee, Z. Tong, P.-Y. Veronneau, D. Rolland, and D. Roussel. 2019. Preharvest UV C treatment affected senescence of stored strawberry fruit with a potential role of miRNAs in the activation of the antioxidant system. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 66:12188-12197. /10.1021/acs.jafc.8b04074


Gendron St-Marseille, A.-F., G. Bourgeois, J. Brodeur, and B. Mimee. 2019. Simulating the impacts of climate change on soybean cyst nematode and the distribution of soybean. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 264:178-187.


Rashidifard, M., H. Fourie, P.-Y. Véronneau, M. Marais, M.S. Daneel, and B. Mimee. 2018. Genetic diversity and phylogeny of South African Meloidogyne populations using genotyping by sequencing. Scientific Reports 8:13816.


Poirier, S., N. Dauphinais, H. Van Der Heyden, G. Bélair, V. Gravel, and B. Mimee. 2019. Host range and genetic characterization of the stem and bulb nematode, Ditylenchus dipsaci, from Eastern Canada. Plant Disease 103:456-460.


Gendron St-Marseille, A.-F., E. Lord, P.-Y. Véronneau, J. Brodeur, and B. Mimee. 2018. Genome scans reveal homogenization and local adaptations in populations of the soybean cyst nematode. Frontiers in Plant Science 9, 987.


Sabeh, M., M.-O. Duceppe, M. St-Arnaud, and B. Mimee. 2018. Selection of a reliable set of reference genes for Globodera rostochiensis using RNA-seq and qPCR data. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0193840.


Dauphinais, N., G. Bélair, and B. Mimee. 2018. Development of a multiplex qPCR method for the evaluation of the distribution of the root lesion nematodes, Pratylenchus alleni and P. penetrans, in soybean in Quebec, Canada. Plant Disease 102:970-976.


Xu, Y., M.-T. Charles, Z. Luo, B. Mimee, P.-Y. Véronneau, D. Rolland, and D. Roussel. 2017. Preharvest UV-C irradiation increased polyphenols accumulation and flavonoid pathway genes expression in strawberry fruit. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 65:9970-9979.


Mimee, B., B. Soufiane, N. Dauphinais, and G. Bélair. 2017. A qRT-PCR method to evaluate viability of potato cyst nematode (Globodera spp.). Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 39:503-513.


Duceppe, M.-O., J. Lafond-Lapalme, J. E. Palomares-Rius, M. Sabeh, V. Blok, P. Moffett, and B. Mimee. 2017. Analysis of survival and hatching transcriptomes from potato cyst nematodes, Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida. Scientific Reports 7:3882. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03871-x


Lafond-Lapalme, J., M.-O. Duceppe, S. Wang, P. Moffett, and B. Mimee. 2017. A new method for decontamination of de novo transcriptome using a hierarchical clustering algorithm. Bioinformatics 33 (9): 1293-1300.


Mimee, B., A.-È. Gagnon, K. Colton-Gagnon, and É. Tremblay. 2016. Portrait de la situation du nématode à kyste du soya (Heterodera glycines) au Québec (2013-2015). Phytoprotection 96:33-42.


Eves-van den Akker, S., D.R. Laetsch, P. Thorpe, C.J. Lilley, E.G.J. Danchin, M. Da Rocha, C. Rancurel, N.E. Holroyd, J.A. Cotton, E. Grenier, J. Montarry, B. Mimee, M.-O. Duceppe, I. Boyes, J. Lapalme, M. Esquibet, M. Sabeh, M. Rott, H. Overmars, A. Tomczak, G. Smant, G. Koutsovoulos, V. Blok, S. Mantelin, P.J.A. Cock, W. Phillips, J. Marvin, L.M. Jones, H.B. Yusup, P.E. Urwin, M. Blaxter, and J.T. Jones. 2016. The genome of the yellow potato cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, reveals insights into the genomic and transcriptomic bases of pathogenicity and virulence. Genome Biology 17:124. DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-0985-1


Bélair, G., N. Dauphinais, and B. Mimee. 2016. Evaluation of cultural methods for the management of the potato cyst (golden) nematode (Globodera rostochiensis) in Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 38:209-217.


Mimee, B., N. Dauphinais, and G. Bélair. 2015. Life cycle of the golden cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, in Quebec, Canada. Journal of Nematology 47:290-295.


Mimee, B., M.-O. Duceppe, P.-Y. Véronneau, J. Lafond-Lapalme, M. Jean, F. Belzile, and G. Bélair. 2015. A new method for studying population genetics of cyst nematodes based on Pool-Seq and genome-wide allele frequency analysis. Molecular Ecology Resources 15:1356-1365.


A.-F. Gendron St-Marseille, G. Bélair, J. Brodeur, G. Bourgeois, and B. Mimee. 2015. Impact des changements climatiques sur les interactions moléculaires entre le nématode à kyste du soya (Heterodera glycines) et son hôte principal, le soya (Glycine max). Phytoprotection 95:41-47.


Rioux, S., B. Mimee, A.-È. Gagnon, and S. Hambleton. 2015. First report of stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) on wheat in Quebec, Canada. Phytoprotection 95:7-9.


Mimee, B., H. Peng, V. Popovic, Q. Yu, M.O. Duceppe, M.P. Tétreault, and G. Bélair. 2014. First report of the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines Ichinohe) on soybean in the province of Quebec, Canada. Plant Disease 98:429.


Mimee, B., R. Andersen, G. Bélair, A. Vanasse, and M. Rott. 2014. Impact of quarantine procedures on weed biodiversity and abundance: implications for the management of the golden potato cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis. Crop Protection 55:21-27.


Boucher, A.C., B. Mimee, J. Montarry, S. Bardou-Valette, G. Bélair, P. Moffett, and E. Grenier. 2013. Genetic diversity of the golden potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and determination of the origin of populations in Quebec, Canada. Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution 69:75-82.


Bélair, G., B. Mimee, M.O. Duceppe, and S. Miller. 2013. First report of the root-Lesion nematode, Pratylenchus alleni associated with damage on soybean in Quebec, Canada. Plant Disease 97:292.


Mimee, B., T. J. Avis, S. Boivin, S. Jabaji, and R. J. Tweddell. 2011. Effect of iron and nitrogen on the development of Helminthosporium solani and potato silver scurf. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 33:506-511.


Mimee, B., C. Labbé, and R. R. Bélanger. 2009. Catabolism of flocculosin, an antimicrobial metabolite produced by Pseudozyma flocculosa. Glycobiology 19:995-1001.


Mimee, B., R. Pelletier, and R. R. Bélanger. 2009. In vitro antibacterial activity and antifungal mode of action of flocculosin, a membrane-active cellobiose lipid. Journal of Applied Microbiology 107:989-996.


Hammami, W., C. Labbé, F. Chain, B. Mimee, and R. R. Bélanger. 2008 Nutritional regulation and kinetics of flocculosin synthesis by Pseudozyma flocculosa. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 80:307-315.


Mimee, B., C. Labbé, R. Pelletier, and R. R. Bélanger. 2005. Antifungal activity of flocculosin, a novel glycolipid isolated from Pseudozyma flocculosa. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 49:1597-1599.




Bélair G., Forge T., Mimee B., Tenuta M., Yu Q. 2018. Current State of Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Canada. In: Subbotin S., Chitambar J. (eds) Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Sustainable Agriculture of North America. Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection. Springer, Cham

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Adjunct Professor

Université de Montréal (since 2013)

Adjunct Professor

Université Laval (since 2016)