Benoît Bizimungu, PhD

Research Scientist

Curator, Canadian Potato Gene Resources

  • genetic variation
  • in vitro culture
  • cultivar development
  • selection
  • breeding systems
  • plant breeding / reproduction
  • potato
  • selection assisted by DNA markers

Current research and/or projects

  • Development and release to industry of new potato selections for processing and fresh markets, with improved resistances to diseases and pests, and adapted to irrigated production systems.
  • Development and release to industry of new potato selections for processing and fresh markets, with improved resistances to diseases and pests, and adapted to rain-fed production systems.
  • Development of 'High Quality Oat' for western Canada
  • Marker-assisted selection of cold temperature stability
  • Western Potato consortium Project A - Variety Development

Key publications

  1. Liyanage, D.W.K., Yevtushenko, D.P., Konschuh, M., Bizimungu, B., Lu, Z.X. (2021). Processing strategies to decrease acrylamide formation, reducing sugars and free asparagine content in potato chips from three commercial cultivars, 119 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107452

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  2. Crop Breed Genet Genom. 2020;2(4):e200017. https://doi.org/10.20900/cbgg20200017

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  3. De Koeyer, D., V. Dickison, K. Gardner, B. Bizimungu, D. Chen, C. Goyer, L. Kawchuk, D. Main, J. Neilson, X. Nie, A. Smith, and H. Tai. 2019. Modernization of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Breeding Program. p. 34. In: Northeast Potato Technology Forum 2019 Conspectus. March 20-21, Charlottetown, PE.

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  4. (2019) Joint meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the
    Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants, 2018 / Réunion conjointe la Société Canadienne de
    Phytopathologie et de la Société de Protection des Plantes du Quebec, 2018, Canadian Journal of
    Plant Pathology, 41:1, 138-167, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1519163

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  5. Xie, X., Li, X.Q., Zebarth, B.J., Niu, S., Tang, R., Tai, H.H., Bizimungu, B., Wu, W., Haroon, M. (2018). Rapid Screening of Potato Cultivars Tolerant to Nitrogen Deficiency Using a Hydroponic System, 95(2), 157-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-017-9621-1

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  6. Potatoes: From seed to seed – can we change the approach?

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  7. Dickison V, Bizimungu B, De Koeyer D, Douglass K, Nie X. 2017. Review: Marker–assisted selection of disease traits integration into AAFC’s Potato Breeding Program. Canadian Phytopathological Society Maritime Region Meeting 2017, 23 Nov 2017, Kentville, NS.

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  8. Neilson, J., Lagüe, M., Thomson, S., Aurousseau, F., Murphy, A.M., Bizimungu, B., Deveaux, V., Bègue, Y., Jacobs, J.M.E., Tai, H.H. (2017). Gene expression profiles predictive of cold-induced sweetening in potato, 17(4), 459-476. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10142-017-0549-9

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  9. Generation and development of diploid potato lines producing tubers low in glycoalkaloid and asparagine after ethyl methane sulfonate mutagenesis

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  10. Endelman, J.B., Schmitz Carley, C.A., Douches, D.S., Coombs, J.J., Bizimungu, B., De Jong, W.S., Haynes, K.G., Holm, D.G., Miller, J.C., Novy, R.G., Palta, J.P., Parish, D.L., Porter, G.A., Sathuvalli, V.R., Thompson, A.L., Yencho, G.C. (2017). Pedigree Reconstruction with Genome-Wide Markers in Potato, 94(2), 184-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-016-9556-y

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  11. Pinhero, R.G., Tsao, R., Liu, Q., Sullivan, J.A., Bizimungu, B., and Yada, R.Y. (2016). "Protein and Phenolic Contents and Antioxidant Activities of 14 Early Maturing Potatoes as Affected by Processing.", American Journal of Plant Sciences, 7, pp. 69-81. doi : 10.4236/ajps.2016.71008

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  12. Bizimungu, B., B Fofana, D. Main, J. McCallum, L. Kawchuk, and H. Tai. (2016) Development and characterization of diploid potato lines with agronomic and processing traits. “Breeding”, 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, July 31- August 4, 2016, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation) http://potatoassociation.org/

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  13. Yuan, J., A.M. Murphy, D. De Koeyer, U.R. Rosyara, D. Wilson, M. Lague, and B. Bizimungu. 2016. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) of disease resistant traits in cultivated potato. 100th Annual meeting of the Potato Association of America, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA July 31-August 4, 2016. Am. J. Potato Res. 94:249.

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  14. M. Kalischuk, M. Harding, R. Howard, R. Peters, C. Wijekoon, J. LeBoeuf, S. Sabaratnam, D. Waterer, B. Bizimungu, K. Al-Mughrabi and L. Kawchuk. (2016) Characterization of Phytophthora infestans strains causing late blight provides new disease prevention strategies. ”Pathology”, 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, July 31- August 4, 2016, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation) http://potatoassociation.org/

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  15. Pinhero, R.G., Waduge, R.N., Liu, Q., Sullivan, J.A., Tsao, R., Bizimungu, B., Yada, R.Y. (2016). Evaluation of nutritional profiles of starch and dry matter from early potato varieties and its estimated glycemic impact, 203 356-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.040

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  16. Liu, B., Zhang, G., Murphy, A., De Koeyer, D., Tai, H., Bizimungu, B., Si, H., Li, X.Q. (2016). Differences between the bud end and stem end of potatoes in dry matter content, starch granule size, and carbohydrate metabolic gene expression at the growing and sprouting stages, 64(5), 1176-1184. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b05238

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  17. Bizimungu, B., Nyiraneza, J., Fuller, K.D., Bishop, G.A., Jiang, Y., and Kirby, C.W. (2015). "Responses of new potato cultivars to phosphorus fertilization in New Brunswick, Canada.", 99th annual meeting of the potato Association of America, Portland, Maine, USA, July 19-23, 2015.

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  18. Neilson, J., Laguë, M., Thompson, S., Aurousseau, F., Murphy, A.M., Bizimungu, B., Deveaux, V., Begue, Y., Jacobs, F.J., and Tai, H.H. (2015). "Uncovering the mechanism behind cold-sweetening in potato tubers using transcriptomics.", 13th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, November 6-8, 2015.

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  19. Nyiraneza, J., Jannet, R.B., Fuller, K.D., Bizimungu, B., Bishop, G.A., Jiang, Y., Khiari, L., Grimmett, M.G., Rodd, A.V., Mills, A.A.S., and Ziadi, N. (2015). "Critical phosphorus concentrations and P saturation ratio levels under potato production in Atlantic Canada.", Canadian Soil Science Society (IUSS-CSSS-AQSSS) Conference, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5-10, 2015.

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  20. De Koeyer, D.L., Douglass, K., Lague, M., Bizimungu, B., Murphy, A.M., Bonierbale, M., and Mosquera, T. (2014). "Next-generation SNP genotyping platforms for characterizing potato germplasm.", in S. Dias, E. Dulloo, N. Maxted, S. Kell, E. Thörn, L. Smith, J. Preston, S. Hutchinson (eds.) - International Conference on ENHANCED GENEPOOL UTILIZATION - Capturing wild relative and landrace diversity for crop improvement, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 17.

    2014 - View publication details

Research facility

850 Lincoln Road
PO Box 20280
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Z7
Canada

Language

English
French