Dr. Reem Aboukhaddour

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Research scientist, cereal pathologist

Investigate virulence shift of stripe rust, leaf spots and other cereal pathogens.

Current research and/or projects

Various collaborative projects that integrates the principles of classic and molecular plant pathology, breeding, genetics, and bioinformatics to achieve broad objectives to manage cereal fungal diseases (mainly stripe rust, leaf spots and common bunt) through accurate diagnosis, identification of pathogenicity factors and genetic resistance, and providing comprehensive understanding of pathogen-host interaction.

Research and/or project statements

Principal Investigator

Effector based screening for leaf spot complex in Canada

Stripe rust mitigation and virulence shift

Resistance screening for stripe rust and common bunt for wheat cultivar development

Identifying sources of resistance to tan spot in winter and durum wheat

Professional activities / interests

Fungal plant pathology

Necrotrophic effectors

Wheat

Genetics

Education and awards

Education

PhD Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Manitoba, Canada (2008)

MSc Molecular Ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2003)

BSc Plant Protection, Damascus University, Syria (1998)

Awards

Outstanding young scientist award, the Canadian phytopathological Society (2019)

International experience and/or work

Collaborative research projects with colleages in many countries including USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, Australia, and North Africa

Key publications

  1. Araujo GT, Amundsen E, Frick M, Gaudet DA, Aboukhaddour R, Selinger B, Thomas J, Laroche A.2020. Detection and quantification of airborne spores from six important wheat fungal pathogens in southern Alberta. Canadian Journal Plant Pathology (Accepted August 26, 2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2020.1817795

    2020 - View publication details

  2. Aboukhaddour, R., Fetch, T., McCallum, B. D., Harding, M. W., Beres, B. L., & Graf, R. J. (2020). Wheat diseases on the prairies: A canadian story. Plant Pathology, 69(3), 418-432. doi:10.1111/ppa.13147

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  3. Aboukhaddour, R., Turkington, T.K., Strelkov, S.E. (2013). Race structure of Pyrenophora triciti-repentis (tan spot of wheat) in Alberta, Canada, 35(2), 256-268. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2013.782470

    2013 - View publication details

  4. Aboukhaddour, R., Cloutier, S., Lamari, L., Strelkov, S.E. (2011). Simple sequence repeats and diversity of globally distributed populations of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis, 33(3), 389-399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2011.590821

    2011 - View publication details

  5. Aboukhaddour, R., Cloutier, S., Ballance, G.M., Lamari, L. (2009). Genome characterization of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis isolates reveals high plasticity and independent chromosomal location of ToxA and ToxB, 10(2), 201-212. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1364-3703.2008.00520.x

    2009 - View publication details

Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences

 

Language

English
French