Dr. Srinivas Sura

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Research Scientist

I study mycotoxins in all cereal grains. My research focuses on finding ways to mitigate mycotoxin occurrence. I use latest analytical tools such as mass spectrometry to identify, detect, and quantify them.

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi infecting crops and contaminating cereal grains. These mycotoxins are harmful to human and animal health. Fungal infection and mycotoxin production reduces yield, quality, and trade-value of cereal grains.


Current research and/or projects

My research supports the cereal and pulse science sector addressing threats to food safety and security because of mycotoxins, investigating effective ways to mitigate current and emerging mycotoxins in cereal grains, improve Canada's position to supply safe food to all Canadians as well as to meet global trade safety standards concerning mycotoxins.

Research and/or project statements

  1. Fusarium Head Blight/Deoxynivalenol mitigation in cereal grains (Wheat, Barley, Oats)
  2. Crop rotation and fungal incidence/mycotoxin occurence
  3. Mycotoxins in canaryseeds
  4. Mycotoxins in oats during storage and post-harvest processing

Education and awards

NSERC Visiting Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Saskatchewan

Master of Environmental Toxicology (MET), Simon Fraser University


Key publications

  1. Challis, J.K., Cantin, J.L., Curtis, A.W., Sura, S., Shade, S., Giesy, J.P., McAllister, T.A.,Jones, P.D. and Larney, F.J. 2020. Environmental fate of melengestrol acetate, trenbolone acetate, and ractopamine in beef cattle feedlots Poster Abstr., 57th Annual Alberta Soil Science Workshop, February 19-20, 2020, Lethbridge, AB.

    2020 - View publication details

  2. Xu, S., Amarakoon, I.D., Zaheer, R., Smith, A., Sura, S., Wang, G., Reuter, T., Zvomuya, F., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., McAllister, T.A. (2018). Dissipation of antimicrobial resistance genes in compost originating from cattle manure after direct oral administration or post-excretion fortification of antimicrobials, 53(4), 373-384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10934529.2017.1404337

    2018 - View publication details

  3. Xu, S., Sura, S., Zaheer, R., Wang, G., Smith, A., Cook, S., Olson, A.F., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., McAllister, T.A. (2016). Dissipation of antimicrobial resistance determinants in composted and stockpiled beef cattle manure, 45(2), 528-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2015.03.0146

    2016 - View publication details

  4. Sura, S., Degenhardt, D., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., Olson, A.F., McAllister, T.A. (2015). Transport of three veterinary antimicrobials from feedlot pens via simulated rainfall runoff, 521-522 191-199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.080

    2015 - View publication details

  5. Sura, S., Waiser, M.J., Tumber, V., Raina-Fulton, R., Cessna, A.J. (2015). Effects of a herbicide mixture on primary and bacterial productivity in four prairie wetlands with varying salinities: An enclosure approach, 512-513 526-539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.064

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  6. Sura, S., Degenhardt, D., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., Olson, A.F., McAllister, T.A. (2014). Dissipation of three veterinary antimicrobials in beef cattle feedlot manure stockpiled over winter, 43(3), 1061-1070. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2013.11.0455

    2014 - View publication details

Research facility

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


Member of American Society of Mass Spectrometry



Other languages

Telugu, Hindi, Kannada