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. 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.

    2018 - View publication details

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.

    2016 - View publication details

  6. 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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  7. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Fetch Jr., T.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., Pozniak, C.J., Menzies, J.G., Jordan, M.C., Humphreys, D.G., Zhu, T., Luo, M.-C., McCartney, C.A., and Hiebert, C.W. (2016). "Genetic mapping of SrCad and SNP marker development for marker assisted selection of Ug99 stem rust resistance in wheat.", Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG). doi : 10.1007/s00122-016-2709-z

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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University of Manitoba – Adjunct professor, Department of Plant Science