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. 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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  2. T.K. Turkington, H. Klein-Gebbinck, K. Xi, B. Beres, R. Aboukhaddour, Prabhath Lokuruge, A. Mulenga, G. Peng, W. May, R. Mohr, G. Telmosse, D. Pageau, A. Foster, B. Blackwell, H. Kubota, B. Tidemann, and G. Semach. 2021. The impact of row spacing, seeding rate, and fungicide timing on leaf disease and fusarium damaged kernel severity, deoxynivalenol, and productivity of spring wheat. Proceedings of the 2021 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, December 6-7, 2021. Page 30.

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  3. 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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  4. Araujo, G.T., Amundsen, E., Frick, M., Gaudet, D.A., 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 of Plant Pathology, [online] 43(3), 439-454. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2020.1817795

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  5. 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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  6. Graf, R.J., Larsen, R.J., Beres, B.L., Aboukhaddour, R., Laroche, A., Randhawa, H.S., Foroud, N.A. (2020). AAC network hard red winter wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 100(6), 737-746. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2020-0102

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  7. Kumar, S., Fox, S.L., Fetch, J.M., Green, D., Fetch, T., McCallum, B., Aboukhaddour, R., Henriquez, M.A. (2019). Aac warman canada western red spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(2), 289-298. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-0221

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  8. Kumar, S., Fox, S.L., Mitchell Fetch, J., Green, D., Fetch, T., McCallum, B., Aboukhaddour, R., Henriquez, M.A. (2019). AAC LeRoy Canada western red spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(6), 997-1005. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2019-0184

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  9. Kumar, S., Fox, S.L., Mitchell Fetch, J., Green, D., Fetch, T., McCallum, B., Aboukhaddour, R., Henriquez, M.A. (2019). AAC magnet Canada western red spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(6), 988-996. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2019-0180

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  10. Laroche, A., G.T. Araujo, W. Lu, E. Amundsen, N.K. Newlands, R. Aboukhaddour, J. Larsen, H. Rhandawa, R. Graf, D.A. Gaudet, B.L. Selinger, M. Frick. 2018. Aerobiological Surveillance of Wheat Pathogens. Conference Proceedings of Agronomy Update 2018. January 9-10 Red Deer, AB.pp52

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  11. Araujo, G.T., Amundsen, E., Frick, M., Aboukhaddour R., Gaudet, D.A., Selinger, B.L., Laroche, A. 2017. Dose-response compatible interaction between powdery mildew and wheat. Graduate Students Symposium 2017 November 22, 2017 Lethbridge, AB.pp10

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  12. Subramaniam, G., Ouellet, T., Aboukhaddour, R., Blackwell, B., Fedak, G., Foster, A., Henriquez, M.A., Laroche, A., Larsen, J.; Miller, S., Overy, D., Rampitsch, C., Foroud, N., Schernthaner, J., Harris, L. 2017. Towards Durable Fusarium and Rust Resistance in Cereals. Wheat Science and Business Meeting, Saskatoon, November 8-9, 2017.

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  13. Araujo, G.T., Amundsen, E., Frick, M., Aboukhaddour, R., Gaudet, D.A., Selinger, B.L., Laroche A. 2017. Assessment of powdery mildew dose-response in a compatible interaction in wheat. 38th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Drumheller, AB, Nov 6-8, 2017. O, pp14

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  14. Araujo, G.T., Amundsen, E., Frick, M., Aboukhaddour, R., Gaudet, D.A., Selinger, B.L., Laroche, A. Stripe rust of wheat: The relationship between disease severity and spores concentration. 2nd LeRDC Graduate Symposium, Lethbridge, AB Nov 30, 2016. O, pp12.

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  15. Laroche, A., Frick, M., Amundsen, E., Aboukhaddour, R., Randhawa, H., Graf, R., Larsen, J., Gaudet, D. 2016. Toward a contig reduction in genomic assembly of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici isolate SWS484 (Feature Presentation). 37th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Nov 7-9, 2016. O, pp8.

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  16. Araujo, G.T., Amundsen, E., Aboukhaddour, R., Gaudet, D.A., Selinger, B.L., Laroche, A. 2016. Dose-response relationships between stripe rust pathogen and susceptible wheat. 37th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Nov 7-9, 2016. O, pp16.

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  17. 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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. Aboukhaddour, R., Cloutier, S., Balance, G.M., and Lamari, L. (2008). "Occurrence of ToxA-carrying chromosomes among PtrToxA-producing and non-producing isolates of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 79th Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, June 15-18, 2008.

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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