Dr. Antonet Svircev

Image Antonet Maria Svircev
Research Scientist
  • Development and implementation of novel bacteriophage-mediated biopesticide for control of plant pathogens.
  • Bacteriophage resistance mechanisms: role of exopolysaccharides, lysogeny, CRISPRs and molecular based studies on phage host range and bacterial host infection
  • Integrated biological control, host-parasite relations, induced plant resistance, pathogen epidemiology, traditional and molecular detection of tree fruit pathogens.

Current research and/or projects

  • Control of fire blight using a dual action high efficacy phage-carrier mediated biological
  • Bacteriophage resistance mechanisms
  • Identification and characterization of the causal agent(s) of fruit tree decline in Canada

Research and/or project statements

  • Development and implementation of integrated pest management program (IPM) for control of fire blight for Canadian apple and pear industry.
  • The development of a novel high efficacy phage-mediated biopesticide that can be easily incorporated into orchard IPM programs.
  • Examine/study the impact of the phage biopesticide on the streptomycin sensitive/ resistant wild type populations in the orchard.
  • Formulation of the phage-carrier biopesticide and field based efficacy trials.

Education and awards

BSc (Hons.), Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, 1979

PhD Plant Sciences, University of Western Ontario, 1984

NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship 1985

Key publications

  1. S. Gayder, A.J. Castle, A.M. Svircev. (2019). Phage-mediated biocontrol of Erwinia amylovora: screening for the ideal carrier. J Plant Pathol. 101: 849-83

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  2. Svircev, A.M. and Castle, A.J. 2019. Fire blight control: Innovation from science to field applications, Biocontrol 2019, July 9-11, Viterbo, IT https://www.biocontrol2019.com/keynote-speakers.html

    Keynote address

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  3. Svircev, A.M., Anany , H., Wang, Q. and Castle, A.J. Successful control of fire blight: Can bacteriophages do the job? Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases, Biocontrol 2019, July 9-11, Viterbo, IT , FAO pp 34-38 http://www.fao.org/3/ca5311en/ca5311en.pdf

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  4. McFadden-Smith, W., Grigg-McGuffin, K, Green, A. and Svircev, A.M. 2017. Fire blight management in Ontario apple and pears. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention 2017, February 22-23, 2017, Niagara Falls, ON.

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  5. Gayder, S., Castle, A. and Svircev, A. (2017). Erwinia amylovora global phage-host range study using a standardized qPCR based method. FEMS, Valencia, Spain July 9-13, 2017.

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  6. Svircev, A.M. and Castle, A.J. (2017). Bacteriophages in agriculture: overview of a program to develop a high efficacy biopesticide for control of Erwinia amylovora. FEMS, Valencia, Spain July 9-13, 2017.

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  7. Svircev, A.M. (2017). Fire blight management: knowledge based decisions and solutions. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention 2017, February 22-23, 2017, Niagara Falls, ON.

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  8. Svircev, A.M. 2016. Management of fire blight in pears: Solutions and challenges, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Feb. 18, 2016, Niagara Falls.

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  9. Svircev, A., Stockwell, V., Vanneste, J. and Johnson, K. (2016) Advances in biological control of fire blight: Are we there yet?, 3rd International Symposium on Biological Control of Plant Diseases, April 11-13, 2016 Belgrade, Serbia

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  10. Wang, A.M., Tian, L.-N., Brown, D.C.W., Svircev, A.M., Stobbs, L.W., and Sanfaçon, H. (2015). "Generation of efficient resistance to Plum pox virus (PPV) in Nicotiana benthamiana and Prunus domestica expressing triple-intron-spanned double-hairpin RNAs simultaneously targeting 5’ and 3’ conserved genomic regions of PPV.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1063, pp. 77-84.

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  11. Boyetchko, S.M., Svircev, A.M., Zhou, T., Audy, P., Russell, H., and Cote, J. (2015). "Promising bacterial antagonists as biopesticides for control of post-harvest diseases of fruits and vegetables.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015, Oral presentation.

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  12. Wittmann, J., Klumpp, J., Moreno Switt, A.I., Yagubi, A., Ackermann, H.W., Wiedmann, M., Svircev, A., Nash, J.H.E., Kropinski, A.M. (2015). Taxonomic reassessment of N4-like viruses using comparative genomics and proteomics suggests a new subfamily - “Enquartavirinae”, 160(12), 3053-3062. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00705-015-2609-6

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  13. Soliman, S., Li, X.Z., Shao, S., Behar, M., Svircev, A.M., Tsao, R., Zhou, T. (2015). Potential mycotoxin contamination risks of apple products associated with fungal flora of apple core, 47 585-591. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.07.060

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  14. Yagubi, A.I., Castle, A.J., and Svircev, A.M. (2014). "Sequence analysis of CRISPR arrays of Erwinia amylovora isolates from Canada.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1056, pp. 149-153.

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  15. Svircev, A.M., Boyetchko, S.M., and Castle, A.J. (2014). "The biopesticide innovation chain: A template for development of microbial agents from discovery to registration.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1056, pp. 43-46.

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  16. Yagubi, A.I., Castle, A.J., Kropinski, A.M., Banks, T.W., Svircev, A.M. (2014). Complete genome sequence of Erwinia amylovora bacteriophage vB_EamM_Ea35-70, 2(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00413-14

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  17. Boyetchko, S.M. and Svircev, A.M. (2013). "A Novel Approach for Developing Microbial Biopesticides.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Chapter 5.

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  18. Tian, L.-N., Wang, X., Svircev, A.M., Wang, A.M., Sanfaçon, H., Brown, D.C.W., Kohalmi, S.E., and Lu, M. (2013). "Development of Plum pox virus resistance in plum grown in Canada via plant biotechnology.", 2nd International Symposium on Plum Pox Virus, Olomouc, Czech Republic, September 3-6, 2013.

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  19. Roach, D.R., Sjaarda, D.R., Castle, A.J., and Svircev, A.M. (2013). "Host Exopolysaccharide Quantity and Composition Impacts Bacteriophage Pathogenesis of Erwinia amylovora.", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(10), pp. 3249-3256. doi : 10.1128/AEM.00067-13

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  20. Wang, X., Kohalmi, S.E., Svircev, A., Wang, A., Sanfaçon, H., Tian, L. (2013). Silencing of the Host Factor eIF(iso)4E Gene Confers Plum Pox Virus Resistance in Plum, 8(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0050627

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Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University

Language

English