Dr. Colin Hiebert

Research Scientist

Dr. Hiebert leads a wheat genetics research program that primarily studies disease resistance genes in wheat and durum using an array of genetics and genomics approaches.

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Hiebert's reserach program primarily studies disease resistance genes with the aim of contributing to sustainable food production, risk mitigation, and food security.

Research and/or project statements

Areas of study include:

  • Gene discovery.
  • Gene interactions.
  • Genetic mapping and DNA marker development.
  • Gene cloning.
  • Germplasm development to bridge upstream and downstream research.

Professional activities / interests

  • University of Manitoba – Adjunct professor, Department of Plant Science

  • Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT), Disease Evaluation Team (DET), Chair

  • European and Mediterrenean Cereal Rusts Foundation - Board Member
  • Canadian Journal of Plant Science - Associate Editor 

Key publications

  1. Colin W. Hiebert, Jyoti Saini Sharma, Tom Fetch, Brent D. McCallum, Matthew Moscou, Wolfgang Spielmeyer (2023) The Sr12 region is involved in enhanced stem rust resistance in lines carrying Lr34 or SuSr-D1 mutant alleles in wheat. International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 13-18, 2023, San Diego

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  2. Dinushika Thambugala, Colin Hiebert, Brent McCallum, Mallorie Lewarne, Andriy Bilichak, Curtis Pozniak, Guus Bakkeren, Harmeet Singh Chawla, Curt McCartney (2023) Fine mapping of the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr2a. International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 13-18, 2023, San Diego

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  3. Neupane A., Morrison M.J., Humphreys D.G., Cuthbert R., Knox R.,Griffiths S., Hawkesford M., Riche A., Hiebert C., Kumar S., Graf R.J. , Brauer E.K., Gahagan A.C., Hotte T., Tabori M., Wang X., McDonald E., Thomsen C., Nicoll J., Burt A.J. Multi-omics approaches for understanding yield and yield stability in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Joint annual meeting of Canadian Society of Agronomy and Canadian Weed Science Society CWSS-CSA, Halifax, Canada, November 14-17, 2022.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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)

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  7. Hiebert, C.W., Moscou, M.J., Hewitt, T., Steuernagel, B., Hernández-Pinzón, I., Green, P., Pujol, V., Zhang, P., Rouse, M.N., Jin, Y., McIntosh, R.A., Upadhyaya, N., Zhang, J., Bhavani, S., Vrána, J., Karafiátová, M., Huang, L., Fetch, T., Doležel, J., Wulff, B.B.H., Lagudah, E., Spielmeyer, W. (2020). Stem rust resistance in wheat is suppressed by a subunit of the mediator complex. Nature Communications, [online] 11(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14937-2

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  8. Fatima, F., McCallum, B.D., Pozniak, C.J., Hiebert, C.W., McCartney, C.A., Fedak, G., You, F.M., Cloutier, S. (2020). Identification of New Leaf Rust Resistance Loci in Wheat and Wild Relatives by Array-Based SNP Genotyping and Association Genetics. Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 11 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.583738

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  9. Yao, Z., You, F.M., N'Diaye, A., Knox, R.E., McCartney, C., Hiebert, C.W., Pozniak, C., Xu, W. (2020). Evaluation of variant calling tools for large plant genome re-sequencing. BMC Bioinformatics, [online] 21(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12859-020-03704-1

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  10. Saini Sharma, J., Fetch, T., Hiebert, C.W. (2020). Characterization and mapping of stem rust resistance in McNair 701 winter wheat, 42(3), 390-395. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2019.1669076

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  11. Dhariwal, R., Henriquez, M.A., Hiebert, C., McCartney, C.A., Randhawa, H.S. (2020). Mapping of major fusarium head blight resistance from canadian wheat cv. Aac tenacious. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, [online] 21(12), 1-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21124497

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  12. Fatima F, McCallum B, Hiebert C, McCartney C, Fedak G, Pozniak C, Edwards T, Ravichandran S, You FM, Cloutier S (2020) Single and multi-locus genome-wide association study for leaf rust resistance in cultivated, progenitor and wild wheat. Proc 28th Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, USA, Jan 11-15, PO0937

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  13. Fatima F, Edwards T, Hiebert C, McCartney C, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Humphreys G, Cao W, Fedak G, You FM, Cloutier S (2019) Diversity analysis of wheat and wild relatives using the wheat 90K Infinium array. Proc 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, July 21-27, P217 (poster)

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  14. Knox, R.E., Bokore, F.E., Cuthbert, R.D., Campbell, H.L., Meyer, B., Pozniak, C.J., Hiebert, C.W., McCartney, C.A., Sharpe, A., Ruan, Y., and DePauw, R.M. 2019. Identification of qtl associated with shattering in two spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) populations using high-density SNP markers. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  15. Rosa, S.B., Zanella, C.M., Hiebert, C.W., Brûlé-Babel, A.L., Randhawa, H.S., Shorter, S., Boyd, L.A., McCallum, B.D. (2019). Genetic characterization of leaf and stripe rust resistance in the Brazilian wheat cultivar toropi. Phytopathology, [online] 109(10), 1760-1768. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-05-19-0159-R

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  16. Da Silva, G.B.P., Zanella, C.M., Martinelli, J.A., Chaves, M.S., Hiebert, C.W., McCallum, B.D., Boyd, L.A. (2018). Quantitative trait loci conferring leaf rust resistance in hexaploid wheat. Phytopathology, [online] 108(12), 1344-1354. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-06-18-0208-RVW

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  17. Dhariwal, R., Henriquez, M.A., Hiebert, C., McCartney, C., Graf, R., Randhawa, H. 2018. Canadian heritage wheat variety alleles of flowering and plant height pathway genes associated with low fusarium head blight. 9th Canadian Workshop on FHB & 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium, November 19–22, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  18. Pei, X., McCallum, B., Hiebert, C., Brule-Babel, A., Knox, R.E., Ruan, Y., Pozniak, C.J., McCartney, C. 2018. Genetic mapping of leaf rust resistance in the tetraploid wheat cross Strongfield/Blackbird .P1064. Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXVI, San Diego, CA, USA, January 13-17, 2018.

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  19. Knox, R.E., Bokore, F., Cuthbert, R., McCallum, B., DePauw, R.M., Hiebert, C., Campbell, H.L., Meyer, B., Fetch, T., Ruan, Y., Sharpe, A.G., and Bhadauria, V. 2018. Evidence for the Lr46 leaf rust resistance gene in the wheat cultivar Carberry. XXVI International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, January 13-18, 2018.

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  20. Bokore, F.E., Cuthbert, R.D., Knox, R.E., Randhawa, H.S., Hiebert, C.W., DePauw, R.M., Singh, A.K., Singh, A., Sharpe, A.G., N’Diaye, A., Pozniak, C.J., McCartney, C., Ruan, Y., Berraies, S., Meyer, B., Munro, C., Hay, A., Ammar, K., Huerta-Espino, J., Bhavani, S. (2017). Quantitative trait loci for resistance to stripe rust of wheat revealed using global field nurseries and opportunities for stacking resistance genes. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 130(12), 2617-2635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-017-2980-7

    2017 - View publication details

Research facility

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5
Canada

Affiliations

University of Manitoba – Adjunct professor, Department of Plant Science

Language

English