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. Fatima F, McCallum BD, Pozniak CJ, Hiebert C, McCartney C, Fedak G, You FM, Cloutier S* (2020) Resistance gene cloning from a wild crop relative by sequence capture and association genetics. Frontiers Plant Sci 11:583738 (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.583738)

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. McCallum, B.D., Hiebert, C.W., Thomas, J., Henriquez, M.A. 2017. Fusarium head blight resistance is enhanced by the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr34. Canadian Phytopathological Society/Canadian Society of Agronomy Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22, 2017.

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  6. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Hiebert, C.W., Pozniak, C.J., Fobert, P.R., Sharpe, A.G., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., Rezac Harrison, N., Fellers, J.P., McCallum, B.D., McCartney, C.A. (2017). Highly predictive SNP markers for efficient selection of the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr16, 17(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12870-017-0993-7

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  7. Hiebert CW, Rouse MN, Nirmala J, Fetch T (2017) Genetic mapping of stem rust resistance to Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici race TRTTF in the Canadian wheat cultivar ‘Harvest’. Phytopathology 107:192-197

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  8. McCartney, C.A., Kassa, M.T., Hiebert, C.W., You, F.M., Pozniak, C.J., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., Menzies, J.G., Jordan, M.C., Zhu, T., Luo, M.-C., and Fetch Jr., T.G. (2016). "High resolution mapping of the stem rust resistance gene SrCad.", XXIV Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, USA, January 9-13, 2016.

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  9. Hiebert, C.W., Kassa, M.T., McCartney, C.A., You, F.M., Rouse, M.N., Fobert, P., Fetch, T.G. (2016). Genetics and mapping of seedling resistance to Ug99 stem rust in winter wheat cultivar Triumph 64 and differentiation of SrTmp, SrCad, and Sr42, 129(11), 2171-2177. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-016-2765-4

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  10. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Fetch, T.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A., Pozniak, C.J., Menzies, J.G., Jordan, M.C., Humphreys, G., Zhu, T., Luo, M.C., McCartney, C.A., Hiebert, C.W. (2016). Genetic mapping of SrCad and SNP marker development for marker-assisted selection of Ug99 stem rust resistance in wheat, 129(7), 1373-1382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-016-2709-z

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  11. McCallum BD, Hiebert CW, Fetch TG, McCartney CA, Henriquez MA, Randhawa HS, Cloutier S (2016) Developing a wheat germplasm collection with diverse pathogen and pest resistance. Canadian Phytopathological Society Meeting, Moncton, NB, 12-15 June

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  12. Hiebert, C.W., Kolmer, J.A., McCartney, C.A., Briggs, J., Fetch, T., Bariana, H., Choulet, F., Rouse, M.N., Spielmeyer, W.S. (2016). Major gene for field stem rust resistance co-locates with resistance gene sr12 in 'thatcher' wheat, 11(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157029

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  13. Zhang, P., Hiebert, C.W., McIntosh, R.A., McCallum, B.D., Thomas, J.B., Hoxha, S., Singh, D., Bansal, U. (2016). The relationship of leaf rust resistance gene Lr13 and hybrid necrosis gene Ne2m on wheat chromosome 2BS, 129(3), 485-493. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-015-2642-6

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  14. McCallum, B.D., Hiebert, C.W., Cloutier, S., Bakkeren, G., Rosa, S.B., Humphreys, D.G., Marais, G.F., McCartney, C.A., Panwar, V., Rampitsch, C., Saville, B.J., Wang, X. (2016). A review of wheat leaf rust research and the development of resistant cultivars in Canada, 38(1), 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2016.1145598

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  15. Kassa, M.T., Hiebert, C.W., You, F.M., Fobert, P., Jordan, M.C., Sharpe, A.G., Pozniak, C.J., Fetch Jr., T.G., Zegeye, T., Menzies, J.G., and McCartney, C. (2015). "Genetic mapping and marker development for high-throughput marker-assisted breeding for Ug99 stem rust resistance gene SrCad/Sr42.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015.

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  16. Babel, C.M., McCallum, B.D., Fetch Jr., T.G., Hiebert, C.W., and McCartney, C.A. (2015). "Genetic mapping of stem and leaf rust resistance in the spring wheat line Kavkaz-K4500.", Manitoba Regional Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, December 7, 2015. (Presentation)

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  17. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Hiebert, C.W., McCallum, B.D., Cabral, A.L., Panwar, V., Pozniak, C.J., Fetch Jr., T.G., Zegeye, T., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., Jordan, M.C., and McCartney, C.A. (2015). "Targeting high impact wheat resistance genes for leaf rust, Ug99 stem rust and wheat midge.", Canadian Wheat Alliance Annual Science and Business Meeting (Invited), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 14-16, 2015. (Presentation)

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  18. Hiebert, C.W., McCartney, C.A., Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Pozniak, C.J., Fobert, P., and Fetch Jr., T.G. (2015). "Genetic mapping of resistance to Puccinia graminis race TTKSK in Triumph 64.", Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Workshop, Sydney, Australia, September 17-20, 2015. (Poster)

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  19. Spielmeyer, W., Mago, R., Tabe, L., Hiebert, C.W., Briggs, J., Kolmer, J.A., McCartney, C.A., Rouse, M.N., and Ellis, J.L. (2015). "Durable but complex: stem rust resistance from emmer wheat.", International Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference, Helsingør, Denmark, July 6-8, 2015.

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  20. McCartney, C.A., Kassa, M.T., Wise, I.L., Smith, M., Pozniak, C.J., Uauy, C., Forster, R.J., Ordon, F., Sharpe, A.G., Fobert, P., Fox, S.L., You, F.M., Thomas, J., Hiebert, C.W., Jordan, M.C., and Costamagna, A. (2015). "Management of Wheat Midge with Host Genetics.", Department of Entomology Seminar Series (Invited), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, January 27, 2015. (Presentation)

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Research facility

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

Affiliations

University of Manitoba – Adjunct professor, Department of Plant Science

Language

English