James G. Menzies, Ph.D.

Image James Garner Menzies
Research Scientist - Phytopathologist

Research on the fungal smut pathogens of cereals, crown rust of oats and ergot on wheat, focused mostly on genetics.

Current research and/or projects

Identifying and characterizing sournces of resistance to the smut fungi in cereals, crown rust of oats and ergot of wheat.

Working to develop genetic markers for resistance to aid breeding programs.

Studying the genetics of the pathogens in terms of virulence to better understand the pathogen populations and provide informative advice to plant breeders.

 

Research and/or project statements

Genetics of resistance in wheat to ergot, oat to crown rust and cereals for the smut fungi.

Virulence assessement of collections of Puccinia coronata var avenae f. sp. avenae in western Canada (particularly Manitoba)

Assessment of resistance to the smut fungi, and crown rust in wheat, barley and oats to aid in development of new commercial cereal lines.

Professional activities / interests

Plant Pathology

Cereals

Genetics

Host-Pathogen interactions

Education and awards

Ph.D., University of Guelph, 1987

M.Sc. University of Manitoba, 1983

B.Sc. University of Winnipeg, 1979

Award for Outstanding Research, Canadian Phytopathological Society

International experience and/or work

Collaborative research projects with colleagues in the United Kingdom, the Unites States of America, Poland, China

Key publications

  1. Piché, I., Konkin, D.J., Knox, R., Menzies, J.G., Ruan, Y., Cuthbert, R., Poppy, M., Colenutt, T., and Campbell, H. 2019. Validation of exome capture sequence facilitated marker improvement for ergot resistance screening in durum wheat. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  2. M. Liu, W. Findlay, P. Shoukouhi, K. Dadej, H. D. T. Nguyen, J. G. Menzies, K. A. Seifert. 2019. A reminiscence of evolutionary hourglass: The pattern of ergot alkaloid gene divergence in Claviceps purpurea.

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  3. Legge, W.G., Badea, A., Tucker, J.R., Fetch, T.G., Banik, M., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.M., Blackwell, B.A., Savard, M.E. (2018). AAC goldman barley, 98(5), 1203-1211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2017-0361

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  4. Kumar, S., Fox, S.L., Humphreys, D.G., Mitchell Fetch, J., Green, D., Fetch, T., McCallum, B., Menzies, J. (2017). AAC prevail Canada western red spring wheat, 98(2), 475-482. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/CJPS-2017-0193

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  5. Liu M, Shoukouhi P, Menzies J, Popovic Z, Liang J, Seifert K, Assabgui R. 2017 New Canadian lineages of ergot fungi revealed by multi-gene phylogeny. XIX International Botanic Congress Abstracts.

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  6. Menzies, J.G., Klein-Gebbinck, H.W., Gordon, A., O’Sullivan, D.M. (2017). Evaluation of Claviceps purpurea isolates on wheat reveals complex virulence and host susceptibility relationships, 39(3), 307-317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2017.1355334

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  7. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Hiebert, C.W., Pozniak, C.J., Fobert, P.R., Sharpe, A.G., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., Rezac Harrison, N., Fellers, J.P., McCallum, B.D., McCartney, C.A. (2017). Highly predictive SNP markers for efficient selection of the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr16, 17(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12870-017-0993-7

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  8. Legge, W.G., Badea, A., Tucker, J.R., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.M., Blackwell, B.A., Savard, M.E. (2017). AAC connect barley, 97(3), 539-548. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0312

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  9. McCartney, C.A., Kassa, M.T., Hiebert, C.W., You, F.M., Pozniak, C.J., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., Menzies, J.G., Jordan, M.C., Zhu, T., Luo, M.-C., and Fetch Jr., T.G. (2016). "High resolution mapping of the stem rust resistance gene SrCad.", XXIV Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, USA, January 9-13, 2016.

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  10. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Fetch, T.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A., Pozniak, C.J., Menzies, J.G., Jordan, M.C., Humphreys, G., Zhu, T., Luo, M.C., McCartney, C.A., Hiebert, C.W. (2016). Genetic mapping of SrCad and SNP marker development for marker-assisted selection of Ug99 stem rust resistance in wheat, 129(7), 1373-1382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-016-2709-z

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  11. Fox, S.L., Kumar, S., Thomas, J.B., Humphreys, D.G., Mitchell Fetch, J., Green, D., Wise, I., Smith, M., Fetch, T., Gilbert, J., McCallum, B., Menzies, J. (2016). AAC cameron Canada western red spring wheat, 96(6), 1065-1072. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0011

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  12. Menzies, J.G., Xue, A.G., Dueck, R., and Gruenke, J. (2015). "Virulence of Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae in Canada, 2010 to 2013.", 14th International Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference, Helsingør, Denmark, July 5-8, 2015, pp. 95. (Abstract)

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  13. Kassa, M.T., Hiebert, C.W., You, F.M., Fobert, P., Jordan, M.C., Sharpe, A.G., Pozniak, C.J., Fetch Jr., T.G., Zegeye, T., Menzies, J.G., and McCartney, C. (2015). "Genetic mapping and marker development for high-throughput marker-assisted breeding for Ug99 stem rust resistance gene SrCad/Sr42.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015.

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  14. Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., Hiebert, C.W., McCallum, B.D., Cabral, A.L., Panwar, V., Pozniak, C.J., Fetch Jr., T.G., Zegeye, T., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., Jordan, M.C., and McCartney, C.A. (2015). "Targeting high impact wheat resistance genes for leaf rust, Ug99 stem rust and wheat midge.", Canadian Wheat Alliance Annual Science and Business Meeting (Invited), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 14-16, 2015. (Presentation)

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  15. McCartney, C.A., Kassa, M.T., You, F.M., McCallum, B.D., Hiebert, C.W., Cabral, A.L., Panwar, V., Pozniak, C.J., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., Fobert, P., Sharpe, A.G., and Jordan, M.C. (2015). "Progress towards sequencing the leaf rust resistance gene Lr16.", 9th International Wheat Conference 2015, Sydney, Australia, September 20-25, 2015.

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  16. Menzies, J.G., Xue, A.G., Gruenke, J., Dueck, R., Saramaga, C., Popovic, Z., and Dykstra, T. (2015). "Crown rust of oat in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario in 2013.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 95, pp. 103-105.

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  17. Hiebert, C.W., Spielmeyer, W., McCartney, C., Kassa, M.T., Fetch Jr., T.G., You, F.M., Menzies, J.G., Humphreys, D.G., and McCallum, B.D. (2015). "Stem rust resistance: two approaches.", in Ogihara, Y. et al. (eds.) - Proceedings of the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium, Springer, Chapter 20, pp. 183-192.

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  18. Kassa, M.T., Menzies, J.G., McCartney, C.A. (2015). Mapping of a resistance gene to loose smut (Ustilago tritici) from the Canadian wheat breeding line BW278, 35(9), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11032-015-0369-3

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  19. Gnanesh, B.N., McCartney, C.A., Eckstein, P.E., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Menzies, J.G., Beattie, A.D. (2015). Genetic analysis and molecular mapping of a seedling crown rust resistance gene in oat, 128(2), 247-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-014-2425-5

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  20. Brown, P.D., Randhawa, H.S., Fetch, J.M., Meiklejohn, M., Fox, S.L., Humphreys, D.G., Green, D., Wise, I., Fetch, T., Gilbert, J., McCallum, B., Menzies, J. (2015). AAC Tenacious red spring wheat, 95(4), 805-810. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/cjps-2015-011

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Research facility

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

Affiliations

Laval University, Quebec, Quebec

Canadian Phytopathological Society

Language

English