Ed Topp Ph.D.

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Principal Research Scientist

Environmental microbiology and chemistry

    Current research and/or projects

    Assessment and management of environmental and human health risks associated with agricultural organic fertilizers of animal, poultry and human origin: Fate and impacts of pharmaceuticals, microbial pathogens, and antibiotic resistant bacteria in food animal and crop production systems.

    Research and/or project statements

    -Mitigating antimicrobial resistance in food production systems.

    -Genomics Research and Development Initiative on antimicrobial resistance [GRDI-AMR]

    Professional activities / interests

    Member, Joint Programming Initiative on AMR (JPIAMR) Science Advisory Board (2019-)

    Chair, FAO/WHO expert committee on antimicrobial resistance, crops and the environment (Rome, June 2018)

    Member, FAO/WHO roster of experts on foodborne antimicrobial resistance (2019-)

    Member, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) working group concerning “The role of the environment in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the food chain” (2019-20)

    Member Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES, France)  expertise collective : « Antibiorésistance et environnement - État et causes possibles de la contamination des milieux en France par les antibiotiques et par les bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques et les supports génétiques de la résistance aux antibiotiques » (2019-2021)

    Education and awards

    Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota, USA

    M.Sc., Department of Microbiology, Macdonald College of McGill University, Canada

    B.Sc. (Agriculture). Department of Microbiology, Macdonald College of McGill University, Canada

    Elected ‘Membre Correspondant’ of the Académie d'Agriculture de France 2016

    Government of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence for Scientific Contribution 2016

    AAFC Gold Harvest award for Career Achievement 2015

    Water and Environment Association of Ontario Research Excellence Award 2014

    NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship 1984

    Busch Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Minnesota 1984

    Walter M. Stewart Award, The Faculty of Agriculture, McGill University 1983

    Key publications

    1. Dring, C., Devlin, J.F., Boag, G., Sunohara, M.D., Fitzgibbon, J., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R. (2016). Incentives and disincentives identified by producers and drainage contractors/experts on the adoption of controlled tile drainage in eastern Ontario, Canada. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, [online] 51(1), 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wqrjc.2015.047

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    2. Whiteduck-Léveillée, J., Cloutier, M., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Talbot, G., Villemur, R., Khan, I.U.H. (2016). Development and evaluation of multiplex PCR assays for rapid detection of virulence-associated genes in Arcobacter species. Journal of Microbiological Methods, [online] 121 59-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2015.12.017

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    3. Talbot, G., Auffret, M., Gagnon, N., Masse, L., Barret, M., and Topp, E. (2015). "Relationship between methanogenesis and transcriptional activity of Methanoculleus spp. In stored dairy cow and swine manures.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, Invited speaker – short talk SAE-04 in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Section.

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    4. Delaquis, P.J., Bach, S.J., Bezanson, G.S., Topp, E., McKellar, R., Blais, B., and Peréz Rodriguez, F. (2015). Phenotypic diversity in Escherichia coli O157:H7 and its influence on survival in leafy vegetables. Research Project Annual Report. AAFC Project ID J-000132. (Report)

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    5. Chen, J., Nadya, S., Allen, K.J., Johnson, R., Ziebell, K.A., Bach, S., Topp, E., and Delaquis, P.J. (2015). "Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of antimicrobial resistance in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolated from surface water in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.", VTEC 2015, Boston, MA, USA, September 13-16, 2015. (Abstract)

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    6. Khan, I.U.H., Topp, E., Chen, W., Lapen, D.R., Lévesque, C.A., Pintar, K.D.M., Tambong, J.T., Talbot, G., and Wilkes, G.A. (2015). "Assessment of Zoonotic Pathogens in Agroecosystem.", Biodiversity, Bioresources and Collection Science Day, Ottawa Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 1-2, 2015. (Presentation)

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    7. Delaquis, P.J., Nadya, S., Chen, J., Allen, K.J., Johnson, R., Ziebell, K.A., Bach, S., and Topp, E. (2015). "Prevalence, phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolated from irrigation waters in a Canadian urban-agricultural landscape.", VTEC 2015, Boston, MA, USA, September 13-16, 2015. (Abstract)

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    8. Talbot, G., Yin, X., Service, C., Ziebell, K.A., Gagnon, N., Auffret, M., Topp, E., and Diarra, M.S. (2015). "Characterization of ceftiofur-resistant Escherichia coli isolated from dairy cattle manures.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, AE37. (Poster)

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    9. Islam, R., Yin, X., Lepp, D., Topp, E., and Diarra, M.S. (2015). "Comparative genomics of Escherichia coli isolated from soil fertilized with litter of chicken fed with or without tetracycline.", 2015 International Association of Food Protection (IAFP), Portland, Oregon, USA, July 25-28, 2015. (Abstract)

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    10. Fernando, E., Khan, I.U.H., Loewen, P., Lapen, D.R., Talbot, G., Topp, E., and Kumar, A. (2015). "Expressions and characterization of Acinetobacter spp. From Canadian Agricultural niches.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, AE46PC. (Poster)

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    11. Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Adam, Z., Bilodeau, G.J., Cullis, J., Demeke, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Gagnon, M., Graefenhan, T., Kawchuk, L.M., Khan, I.U.H., Lewis, C.T., Li, X., Links, M.G., Mimee, B., Rott, M., Tambong, J.T., Topp, E., Yu, Q., and Yuan, K. (2015). Project CRTI 09-462RD - Next generation sequencing, direct detection and genotyping of fungi, bacteria and nematodes in the agri-food system. DRDC-RDDC-2015-C148. Final Close-Out Report. (Report)

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    12. Archambault, M., Boerlin, P., Campbell, J.M., Dumont, M., Hutchinson, J.J., Landals, D., McClure, J., McEwen, S.A., Prescott, J.F., Rubin, J., Slavic, D., Stemshorn, B., Skippon, W., Weese, S., Szkotnicki, J., and Topp, E. (2015). "Antibiotic stewardship’s golden moment: Resistance or change?", Canadian Veterinary Journal, 56(2), pp. 115-119.

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    13. Delaquis, P.J., Nadya, S., Chen, J., Allen, K.J., Johnson, R.P., Ziebell, K.A., Bach, S.J., and Topp, E. (2015). "Prevalence, phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolated from irrigation waters in a Canadian urban-agricultural landscape.", VTEC 2015, Boston, MA, USA, September 13-16, 2015.

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    14. Fock-Chow-Tho, D., Topp, E., and Bissonnette, N. (2015). "Comparison of commercial DNA extraction and detection kits for a better sensitivity in detecting the causative paratuberculosis pathogen in dairy cow fecal samples.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015. (Poster)

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    15. Kolotilin, I., Topp, E., Cox, E., Devriendt, B., Conrad, U., Joensuu, J.J., Stöger, E., Warzecha, H., McAllister, T.A., McLean, M.D, Hall, J.C., and Menassa, R. (2015). "Plant-based solutions for veterinary immunotherapeutics and prophylactics.", BMC Veterinary Research, 45(1), pp. 375. (Abstract)

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    16. Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., Wilkes, G.A., Jones, T., Brassard, J., Edge, T.A., and Talbot, G. (2015). "Quantitative detection and assessment of occurrence of human and animal viruses in agricultural aquatic environment.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, S4-06. (Poster)

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    17. Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., Wilkes, G.A., Jones, T.H., Brassard, J., Edge, T.A., and Talbot, G. (2015). "Quantitative detection and assessment of occurrence of human and animal viruses in agricultural aquatic environment.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015. (Poster)

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    18. Diarra, M.S., Delaquis, P.J., Topp, E., McCallum, J.L., Ehret, D.L., Malouin, F., Gong, J., Brar, S.K., and Ross, K.A. (2015). Fruit Pomaces to Improve Immunity and Health of Organic Chickens. Project ID: AIP-CL02 – Organic Science Cluster II; Research Project Annual Report 2014-2015. AIP-CL02 – Organic Science Cluster II. (Report)

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    19. Chen, J., Nadya, S., Allen, K.J., Johnson, R.P., Ziebell, K.A., Zeibell, K., Bach, S.J., Topp, E., and Delaquis, P.J. (2015). "Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of antimicrobial resistance in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolated from surface water in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.", VTEC 2015, Boston, MA, USA, September 13-16, 2015.

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    20. Khan, A.H., Topp, E., Scott, A., Sumarah, M., Macfie, S.M., Ray, M.B. (2015). Biodegradation of benzalkonium chlorides singly and in mixtures by a Pseudomonas sp. isolated from returned activated sludge. Journal of Hazardous Materials, [online] 299 595-602. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.07.073

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    Research facility

    1391 Sandford Street
    London, ON N5V 4T3
    Canada

    Affiliations

    Adjunct, University of Western Ontario, Department of Biology.

    Special Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, Department of Pathobiology

    Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM, President 2010-2011).

    Canadian Soil Science Society (CSSS)

    American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

    International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME).

    Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

    Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

    Language

    English
    French