Daniel O'Gorman

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Plant Patholgist working on fungal and bacterial diseases of fruit trees and wine grapes

Current research and/or projects

General research focus is on the diagnostic of fungal and bacterial pathogens of tree fruit and wine grapes; detection and molecular characterization of new and emerging plant pathogens; and the influence on microbial communities on plant health.

Current Projects: 

  • Hot water treatment as an alternative to fumigation to control pests and disease on nursery grown fruit trees
  • Identifying the cause(s) of two emerging Fruit Tree Decline Diseases in Canada
  • Crown Gall Disease of Grapevines: Identification of a biocontrol and sustainable management strategies
  • From nursery to vineyard: implementation of effective management strategies against grapevine trunk diseases in Canada

Education and awards

  • M.Sc. Plant Pathology - Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry - Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Research Branch Achievement Award (2010) for research on "Detection of Plant Pathogens by DNA Macroarray Hybridization”

Key publications

  1. Boulé, J., Sholberg, P.L., Lehman, S.M., O'Gorman, D.T., Svircev, A.M. (2011). Isolation and characterization of eight bacteriophages infecting Erwinia amylovora and their potential as biological control agents in British Columbia, Canada, 33(3), 308-317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2011.588250

    2011 - View publication details

  2. Spotts, R.A., Wallis, K.M., Serdani, M., O'Gorman, D.T., Sholberg, P.L. (2009). Real time polymerase chain reaction for rapid and quantitative determination of Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum on the surfaces of apple, pear, and sweet cherry fruit, 51(2), 227-231. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2008.07.015

    2009 - View publication details

  3. Spotts, R.A., Wallis, K.M., Serdani, M., O'Gorman, D.T., Sholberg, P.L. (2008). Methodology for determining relationships between inoculum concentration of Botrytis cinerea and Penicillium expansum and stem end decay of pear fruit, 92(3), 451-455. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-92-3-0451

    2008 - View publication details

  4. O'Gorman, D.T., Sholberg, P.L., Stokes, S.C., Ginns, J. (2008). DNA sequence analysis of herbarium specimens facilitates the revival of Botrytis mali, a postharvest pathogen of apple, 100(2), 227-235. http://dx.doi.org/10.3852/mycologia.100.2.227

    2008 - View publication details

  5. Sholberg, P.L., Walker, M.C., O'Gorman, D.T., Jesperson, G.D. (2007). First report of Phytophthora capsici on cucurbits and peppers in British Columbia, 29(2), 153-158. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060660709507451

    2007 - View publication details

Research facility

4200 Highway #97
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0


  • British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council (BCPPAC) – Tree Fruit Committee
  • Professional Affiliate of Brock University‘s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), St.-Catharines Ontario.