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.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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

For a complete list of publications, please visit: AAFC Online

Publications (selected refereed)

Hiebert CW, Fetch TG, Zegeye T (2010) Genetics and mapping of stem rust resistance to Ug99 in the wheat cultivar Webster.  Theor Appl Genet 121:65-69

Hiebert CW, Thomas JB, McCallum BD (2010) Stacking pairs of disease resistance genes in wheat populations using telocentric chromosomes. Mol Breeding 26:681-692 DOI 10.1007/s11032-010-9404-6

Thomas J, Nilmalgoda S, Hiebert C, McCallum B, Humphreys G, DePauw R (2010) Genetic markers and leaf rust resistance of the wheat gene Lr32. Crop Sci 50:2310-2317 DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2010.02.0065

Hiebert CW, Thomas JB, McCallum BD, Humphreys DG, DePauw RM, Hayden MJ, Mago R, Schnippenkoetter W, Spielmeyer W (2010) An introgression on wheat chromosome 4DL in RL6077 (Thatcher*6/PI 250413) confers adult plant resistance to stripe rust and leaf rust (Lr67). Theor Appl Genet 121:1083-1091 DOI 10.1007/s00122-010-1373-y

Hiebert CW, Fetch TG, Zegeye T, Thomas JB, Somers DJ, Humphreys DG, McCallum BD, Cloutier S, Singh D, Knott DR (2011) Genetics and mapping of seedling resistance to Ug99 stem rust in Canadian wheat cultivars ‘Peace’ and AC Cadillac’. Theor Appl Genet 122:143-149 DOI 10.1007/s00122-010-1430-6

Ghazvini H, Hiebert CW, Zegeye T, Liu S, Dilawari M, Tsilo T, Anderson JA, Rouse MN, Jin Y, Fetch T (2012) Inheritance of resistance to Ug99 stem rust in wheat cultivar Norin 40 and genetic mapping of Sr42. Theor Appl Genet 125:817–824

McCallum B, Hiebert C, Huerta-Espino J, Cloutier S (2012) Wheat leaf rust. In: Sharme I (ed) Disease resistance in wheat. CABI, Wallingford, UK, pp 33-62

Ghazvini H, Hiebert CW, Thomas JB, Fetch T (2013) Development of a multiple bulked segregant analysis (MBSA) method used to locate a new stem rust resistance gene (Sr54) in the winter wheat cultivar Norin 40. Theor Appl Genet 126:443-449

Rouse MN, Nirmala J, Jin Y, Chao S, Fetch TG, Pretorius ZA, Hiebert CW (2014) Characterization of Sr9h, a wheat stem rust resistance allele effective to Ug99. Theor Appl Genet 127: 1681-1688

Hiebert CW, McCallum BD, Thomas JB (2014) Lr70, a new gene for leaf rust resistance mapped in common wheat accession KU3198. Theor Appl Genet 127: 2005-2009

Hiebert C, Spielmeyer W, McCartney C, Kassa M, Fetch T, You F, Menzies J, Humphreys G, McCallum B (2015) Stem Rust Resistance: Two Approaches. In: Ogihara Y, Takumi S, Handa H (eds) Advances in wheat genetics: From genome to field. Springer, Tokyo, Japan, pp 183-191

Zhang P, Hiebert CW, McIntosh RA , McCallum BD, Thomas JB, Hoxha S, Singh D, Bansal U (2016)The relationship of leaf rust resistance gene Lr13 and hybrid necrosis gene Ne2m on wheat chromosome 2BS. Theor Appl Genet 129:485-493

Kassa MT, You FM, Fetch TG, Fobert P, Sharpe A, Pozniak CJ, Menzies JG, Jordan MC, Humphreys G, Zhu T, Luo MC, McCartney CA, Hiebert CW (2016) Genetic mapping of SrCad and SNP marker development for marker-assisted selection of Ug99 stem rust resistance in wheat. Theor Appl Genet 129:1373-1382 DOI: 10.1007/s00122-016-2709-z

Hiebert CW, Kolmer JA, McCartney CA, Briggs J, Fetch T, Bariana H, Choulet F, Rouse MN, Spielmeyer W (2016) Major gene for field stem rust resistance co-locates with resistance gene Sr12 in ‘Thatcher’ wheat. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157029. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157029

Hiebert CW, Kassa MT, McCartney CA, You FM, Rouse MN, Fobert P, Fetch TG (2016) Genetics and mapping of seedling resistance to Ug99 stem rust in winter wheat cultivar Triumph 64 and differentiation of SrTmp, SrCad, and Sr42. Theor Appl Genet 129:2171-2177 DOI: 10.1007/s00122-016-2765-4

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

Zurn JD, Rouse MN, Chao S, Aoun M, Macharia G, Hiebert CW, Pretorius ZA, Bonman JM, Acevedo M (2018) Dissection of the multigenic wheat stem rust resistance present in the Montenegrin spring wheat accession PI 362698. BMC Genomics 19(1):67. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-4438-y.

Pinto da Silva GB, Zanella CM, Martinelli JA, Soares Chaves M, Hiebert CW, McCallum BD, Boyd LA (2018) Quantitative Leaf Rust Resistance in Wheat. Phytopathology 108:1344-1354

Che M, Hiebert CW, McCartney CA, Zhang Z, McCallum BD (2019) Mapping and DNA marker development for Lr33 from the leaf rust resistant line KU168-2. Euphytica 215: 29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10681-019-2343-3


University of Manitoba – Adjunct professor, Department of Plant Science