David De Koeyer, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Potato Breeder and Geneticist. Leader of AAFC's National Potato Breeding Program with research activities at Fredericton and Lethbridge Research and Development Centres. 

Current research and/or projects

Potato breeding, genomics, quantitative genetics, and bioinformatics research to increase agricultural productivity and maximize economic returns to producers and other industry participants. Develop new potato varieties to enhance sustainability of potato production.

Research and/or project statements

  • Improve efficiency of potato germplasm enhancement using new breeding strategies, including marker-assisted selection, genomic selection, and diploid breeding;
  • Utilize bioinformatics and genomic tools to increase knowledge of genes affecting tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses in potato;
  • Develop novel and improved potato germplasm to reduce the impact of economically important potato pests and diseases;
  • Develop elite potato clones with better attributes (storability and quality) for processing and fresh markets;
  • License potato varieties to industry partners.

Professional activities / interests

Collaboration with International potato breeding and genetics teams to develop improved breeding methods and germplasm; 

Training of graduate students and post-docs;

Member of the Potato Association of America;

Leadership and participation in projects with AAFC and external professionals, technicians, support staff and students.

Education and awards

Ph.D. Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, 1996

M.Sc. Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, 1992

B.Sc.(Agr.) Crop Science, University of Guelph, 1988

International experience and/or work

2015 – 2018. AfricaYam Project Manager and Yam Breeding Scientist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Key publications

  1. Nie, X., De Koeyer, D.L., Liang, Z., Dickison, V., Singh, M., and Hawkins, G. (2015). "Identification and characterization of an Alfalfa mosaic virus isolate associated with tuber necrosis in a potato variety.", 2015 American Pathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA, USA, August 1-6, 2015.

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  2. Tai, H.H., Worrall, K., De Koeyer, D., Pelletier, Y., Tai, G.C.C., Calhoun, L. (2015). Colorado Potato Beetle Resistance in Solanum oplocense X Solanum tuberosum Intercross Hybrids and Metabolite Markers for Selection, 92(6), 684-696. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-015-9484-2

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  3. Caraza, M., D. De Koeyer, E. Mihovilovich, M. Bonierbale, and G. Wang-Pruski. 2015. Identification of chromosomal regions in potatoes associated with tuberization traits affected by photoperiod using SNP markers. 99th Annual meeting of the Potato Association of America, Portland, Maine, USA July 19–23, 2015. Am. J. Potato Res. 93:125

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  4. Kitazumi, A., Kawahara, Y., Onda, T.S., De Koeyer, D., De Los Reyes, B.G. (2015). Implications of miR166 and miR159 induction to the basal response mechanisms of an andigena potato (Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena) to salinity stress, predicted from network models in Arabidopsis. Genome, [online] 58(1), 13-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/gen-2015-0011

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  5. Nie, X., De Koeyer, D., Liang, Z., Dickison, V., Singh, M., Hawkins, G. (2015). Identification and first report of a potato tuber necrosis-inducing isolate of Alfalfa mosaic virus in Canada. Plant Disease, [online] 99(11), 1658. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-04-15-0423-PDN

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  6. 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.

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  7. Tai, H.H., De Koeyer, D.L., Goyer, C., Nolan, L., Davidson, C., Lague, M., Murphy, A.M., Sonderkaer, M., Hedegaard, S., Halterman, D., and Lehman Neilsen, K. (2014). "Expression QTL analysis of genetic variation in potato responses to Verticillium wilt.", 11th Solanaceae Conference, Porto Seguro, Brazil, November 2-6, 2014. (Abstract)

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  8. Zebarth, B.J., Tai, H.H., Luo, S., De Koeyer, D.L., and Li, X.-Q. (2014). "Gene expression-based diagnostics: A new way to optimize crop fertilizer nitrogen management?", 18th Nitrogen Workshop. The nitrogen challenge: Building blueprint for nitrogen use efficiency and food security, Lisbon, Portugal, June 30-July 3, 2014. (Abstract)

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  9. Ai Kitazumi, A., Kawahara, A.Y., De Koeyer, D.L., and de los Reyes, B.G. (2014). "Integration of stress and growth-related responses by microRNAs in the Andean potato.", XXII Plant & Animal Genome Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-15, 2014. (Poster)

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  10. Tai, H.H., De Koeyer, D.L., Goyer, C., Nolan, L., Davidson, C.G., Sønderkær, M., Hedegaard, S., Lehman Neilsen, K., Lague, M., Murphy, A.M., Uribe, P., and Halterman, D. (2014). "Genetic analysis of tolerance and resistance to Verticillium dahliae.", 98th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA), The Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA, USA, July 27-31, 2014. (Abstract)

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  11. Tai, H.H., Worrall, K., Pelletier, Y., De Koeyer, D., Calhoun, L.A. (2014). Comparative metabolite profiling of solanum tuberosum against six wild solanum species with Colorado potato beetle resistance. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, [online] 62(36), 9043-9055. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf502508y

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  12. Xiang, H., Zhang, R., De Koeyer, D., Pan, G., Li, T., Liu, T., Zhou, Z. (2014). New evidence on the relationship between Microsporidia and Fungi: A genome-wide analysis by DarkHorse software. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, [online] 60(9), 557-568. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2014-0209

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  13. Peters, R.D., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Kalischuk, M.L., Dobinson, K.F., Conn, K.L., Alkher, H., Islam, M.R., Daayf, F., Lynn, J., Bizimungu, B., De Koeyer, D., Lévesque, C.A., Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). Characterization of Phytophthora infestans population diversity in Canada reveals increased migration and genotype recombination, 36(1), 73-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2014.892900

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  14. Lindqvist-Kreuze, H., Gastelo, M., Perez, W., Forbes, G.A., De Koeyer, D., Bonierbale, M. (2014). Phenotypic stability and genome-wide association study of late blight resistance in potato genotypes adapted to the tropical highlands. Phytopathology, [online] 104(6), 624-633. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-10-13-0270-R

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  15. Li, X.-Q., Xu, C., Liu, X., Haroon, M., Liu, J., Xie, C.Y., Meng, F., De Koeyer, D.L., Leclerc, Y., Donnelly, D.J., and Murphy, A.M. (2013). "Identification of the major enzyme and genes controlling cold sweetening in potato tubers during storage.", 97th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA), Québec City, QC, Canada, July 28-August 2, 2013, Oral presentation.

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  16. Goyer, C., Tai, H.H., Gustafson, V., De Koeyer, D.L., and Rothwell, C. (2013). "Analysis of gene expression of two potato cultivars during common scab infection using microarrays.", 97th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA), Québec City, QC, Canada, July 28-August 2, 2013.

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  17. Caraza, M., De Koeyer, D.L., Mihovilovich, E,, Bonierbale, M., and Wang-Pruski, G. (2013). "Identification of candidate genes associated with photoperiod for improving adaptation of potatoes to diverse environments.", 9th Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 12-15, 2013.

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  18. Tai, H.H., De Koeyer, D.L., Goyer, C., Sønderkær, M., Hedegaard, S., Nolan, L., Laguë, M., Murphy, A.M., and Nielsen, K.L. (2013). "Analysis of genetic variation in gene expression associated with Verticillium dahliae infection in potato.", 10th Solanaceae Conference, Beijing, China, October 13-17, 2013.

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  19. Mihovilovich, E,, De Koeyer, D.L., and Bonierbale, M. (2013). "Response of short day-length adapted potato breeding lines to long photoperiod.", 97th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA), Québec City, QC, Canada, July 28-August 2, 2013.

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  20. Tai, H.H., Goyer, C., Platt, H.W., De Koeyer, D.L., Murphy, A.M., Uribe, P., and Halterman, D. (2013). "Decreased defense gene expression in a potato clone with tolerance to Verticillium dahliae.", 9th Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 12-15, 2013.

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Research facility

95 Innovation Road
PO Box 20280
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Z7
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University;

External Faculty Member, University of Maine

 

Language

English