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 of 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. Foster, A., Johnstone, E., Quan, I., & Matters, R. (2023, November 29). Forecasting FHB: Environmental risk webtool. Atlantic Grains Council Annual General Meeting 2023, Moncton.

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Foster, A., Johnstone, E., McCallum, J., & Mills, A. (2023, November 8). Hops and malt barley disease update: Current and emerging threats. First Annual PEI Malt Barley and Hops Day, Charlottetown, PE, Canada.

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  3. McKenzie-Gopsill A, Mills, Foster A, Wagg C. 2023. Choosing cover crops in Atlantic Canada. PEI Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting, Feb 8-9th 2023, Charlottetown PE Canada.

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  4. Foster A., Johnstone E., Mesbah M., Murchison K., Quan I. Matters R. (2023) Forecasting FHB environmental risk in the maritimes. Cereal and Oilseeds 2023, Summerside, PE, Feb 8, 2023.

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  5. Foster A., Johnstone E., Beaton A., McKenzie-Gopsill A. (2022) AGC ASP-008 - Activities 3 and 4 research update. Atlantic Grains Council Annual General Meeting, Moncton, NB, Nov.24, 2023.

    2022 - View publication details

  6. McKenzie-Gopsill A, Mills A, Foster A, Wagg C. 2022. Choosing annual cover crops for Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Grains Council Annual General Meeting, Nov 23-24th 2022, Moncton NB Canada.

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  7. Humphreys G., C. Thomsen, J. Nicoll, L. Langille, O. Wu, M. Hadinezhad, B. Blackwell, A. Cummiskey, A. Foster, D. MacEachern, M. McElroy. (2022) Winter Wheat Improvement for Eastern Canada: 2022 Update. Invited oral presentation (made online) at 2022 Maritime Branch of the CSGA, Moncton, NB, Canada Nov. 22-23, 2022.

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  8. Johnstone, Matters and Foster 2022. Survey of Fusarium head blight and leaf diseases of spring wheat on Prince Edward Island, 2021. Canadian plant disease survey 2022 volume 102: disease highlights 2021, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 44:sup1, S1-S187, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2022.2076342.

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  9. Cloutier S, Fedak G, Fatima F, Bartaula S, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Blackwell B, Aboukhaddour R, Foster A, Hiebert C, Humphreys G, McCartney C, Pozniak C, You F (2022) Tapping into wild relatives to improve wheat. ProciNorte Disease Task Force Webinars - Wheat & Grapes: Mitigating the effects brought on by climate change, Sept 13 & 15, Virtual (oral – invited)

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  10. NS Research Day: FHB Surveillance in the Maritimes 2021: Towards FHB Forecasting & Management (2022). Atlantic Grains Council Research Day. Truro, NS, April 8, 2022 (presentation).

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  11. NB Research Day: FHB Surveillance in the Maritimes 2021: Towards FHB Forecasting & Management (2022). Atlantic Grains Council Research Day. Woodstock, NB, April 7, 2022 (presentation).

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  12. PEI Research Day: FHB Surveillance in the Maritimes 2021: Towards FHB Forecasting & Management (2022). Atlantic Grains Council Research Day. Charlottetown, PE, March 23, 2022 (presentation).

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  13. Cloutier S, Fedak G, Fatima F, Bartaula S, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Blackwell B, Aboukhaddour R, Foster A, Hiebert C, Humphreys G, Mccartney C, Pozniak C, You F (2022) Wheat Pre-breeding: the struggle(s) and potential. Proc. 37th Plant Sciences Graduate Students’ Symposium 2022, March 4-5, Virtual (oral)

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  14. T.K. Turkington, H. Klein-Gebbinck, K. Xi, B. Beres, R. Aboukhaddour, Prabhath Lokuruge, A. Mulenga, G. Peng, W. May, R. Mohr, G. Telmosse, D. Pageau, A. Foster, B. Blackwell, H. Kubota, B. Tidemann, and G. Semach. 2021. The impact of row spacing, seeding rate, and fungicide timing on leaf disease and fusarium damaged kernel severity, deoxynivalenol, and productivity of spring wheat. Proceedings of the 2021 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, December 6-7, 2021. Page 30.

    2021 - View publication details

  15. Humphreys et al (2021) Winter Wheat Improvement for Eastern Canada: 2021 Update. Presented to Martime Branch of CSGA Annual Meeting, 2 Dec. 2021. Virtual Presentation.

    2021 - View publication details

  16. Cloutier S, Fedak G, Fatima F, Bartaula S, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Blackwell B, Aboukhaddour R, Foster A, Hiebert C, Humphreys G, McCartney C, Pozniak C, You F (2021) The challenges and promises of pre-breeding. Can Soc Plant Biol – Eastern Regional Meeting. Virtual, Nov 27 (oral keynote plenary)

    2021 - View publication details

  17. Beaton A, McKenzie-Gopsill A, Foster A (2021) Fungicide seed treatment influences on constant final yield achievement in soybean (Glycine max L.). Canadian Weed Science Society Virtual Meeting, Nov 23 2021, online

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  18. E. Johnstone, R. Matters & A. Foster. (2020). Causal species of fusarium head blight of spring wheat and winter wheat in Prince Edward Island in 2020. in CANADIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY 2021, VOL. 43, NO. SUP1, S92 https://doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2021.1932163

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  19. Hudson, K., Harris, L.J., Overy, D. P., Xue, A., Foster, A., Khanal, R. (2021). Pathogenicity of Fusarium graminearum and F. poae Causing Fusarium Head Blight on Barley Under Controlled Conditions. Tri-Society Virtual Conference, Edmonton, AB.

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  20. Beaton, A., McKenzie-Gopsill, A. and Foster, A. (2021) Soybean seeding rate and fungicide seed treatment effect on yield and revenue. Atlantic Grains Council Spring Newsletter 2021. https://atlanticgrainscouncil.ca/agc-newsletter-spring-2021

    2021 - View publication details

Research facility

440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4N6
Canada

Affiliations

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)

Language

English