Dr. Adam Foster

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Research Scientist

Cereal and Oilseed Pathologist

Current research and/or projects

  • Cover crop impacts on disease and the soil microbiome
  • Soybean fungicide and density interactions
  • Fusarium head blight (FHB) forecasting model validation for the Maritimes
  • FHB resistance screening of cereal germplasm

Research and/or project statements

Our focus is the research plant pathogens that impact cereal and oilseed production in Canada. Major plant diseases studied includes Fusarium head blight (FHB) of cereals, Sclerotinia white mold, powdery mildew and various other leaf and root diseases. Currently we are trying to develop new tools for growers to manage disease including agronomic practices disease forecast modelling and study pathogen populations and virulence. We are also studying the pathogen populations in the Maritimes and attempting to identify novel fungal virulence factors.

Education and awards

PhD Biology,  Simon Fraser University, 2011

MSc Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, 2006

BSc(Hons.) Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 2003

Key publications

  1. Aiyer, H., Caldwell, C., & Foster, A. (March 5-6, 2021). Effects of cover cropping on beneficial and pathogenic microbial communities present in agricultural field soil and residue. Presented at the 2021 Plant Science Graduate Students’ Symposium (University of Saskatchewan).

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Aiyer, H., Caldwell, C., & Foster, A. (2021). Cover crop carryover effects on fungal and bacterial communities in field soil and residue. Presented at the CRDC Seminar series (February 10, 2021).

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  3. Proceedings of the 2020 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum

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  4. Aiyer, H., Caldwell, C., & Foster, A. (2020). Disease suppressive ability of certain society cover crop soils on barley and soybean root disease. Presented at the Canadian Phytopathological Society Atlantic regional meeting, 2020. Abstract submitted to be published in Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology

    2020 - View publication details

  5. Foster and Matters (2020) FUSARIUM HEAD BLIGHT CAUSAL SPECIES IN SPRING WHEAT IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND IN 2019. Published In: Canadian Plant Disease Survey 2020 Volume 100: Disease Highlights 2019, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 42:sup1, 1-175, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2020.1752524

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  6. Humphreys G, Cummiskey A, MacEachern D, Kalikililo A, Thomsen C, Langille L, Foster A, Hadinezhad M, Fregeau-Reid J, Blackwell B (2019) Winter Wheat Improvement for Eastern Canada: Update 2019. Presented at 2019 Ann. Gen. Meeting of Maritime Branch of CSGA, Dec. 4-5, 2019, Moncton, NB.

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  7. Humphreys G, Kang-Choi M, Frégeau-Reid J, Blackwell B, Kalikililo A, Thomsen C, Langille L, Cao W, Cummisky W, MacEachern D, Foster A, Wu O (2018) Update on AAFC Winter Wheat Improvement in Eastern Canada. Invited oral presentation given at 2018 Joint Annual meeting of the Maritime Branch of the Canadian Seed Growers Association and the Atlantic Grains Council.

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  8. McCallum, B.D., Seto-Goh, P., Foster, A., Xue, A. (2018). Physiological specialization of Puccinia triticina, the causal agent of wheat leaf rust, in Canada in 2012, 40(3), 434-441. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2018.1495267

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  9. Subramaniam, G., Ouellet, T., Aboukhaddour, R., Blackwell, B., Fedak, G., Foster, A., Henriquez, M.A., Laroche, A., Larsen, J.; Miller, S., Overy, D., Rampitsch, C., Foroud, N., Schernthaner, J., Harris, L. 2017. Towards Durable Fusarium and Rust Resistance in Cereals. Wheat Science and Business Meeting, Saskatoon, November 8-9, 2017.

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  10. Foster, A.J., Kora, C., McDonald, M.R., Boland, G.J. (2011). Development and validation of a disease forecast model for Sclerotinia rot of carrot, 33(2), 187-201. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2011.563753

    2011 - View publication details

Research facility

440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4N6


Dalhousie University - Adjunct Faculty

University of Prince Edward Island - Adjunct Faculty

Atlantic Recommending Committee for Cereal Crops 

Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT)

Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley (PRCOB)