James Tucker

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Research Scientist, Barley Genomics

Identification and development of biotic stress-tolerant barley breeding materials through application of biotechnological tools with emphasis on diseases of economic importance such as: Fusarium head blight, spot blotch, net blotch, scald and stem rust.

Current research and/or projects

  • Developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight and other biotic stresses for western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research and Development Centre (lead)
  • The population structure of Fusarium pathogens of small grain cereals, their distribution and relationship to mycotoxins (team member).
  • Barley pathogen variation and surveillance: implications for managing disease via host resistance and fungicides (team member).
  • Phenotyping barley breeding lines and germplasm for disease resistance (team member).
  • Breeding malting and food barley cultivars for western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research and Development Centre assisted by new technologies (team member).
  • Breeding barley for high yield and resistance to Fusarium head blight for Eastern Canada (team member).
  • FHB screening of CDC barley breeding selections (lead).

Professional activities / interests

  • Plant Breeding
  • Barley Genomics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Molecular Biology

Education and awards

Education

  • Ph.D. candidate, Plant Science, University of Manitoba
  • M.Sc. Biology (Quantitative Genetics), Concordia University, Montreal, 1998
  • B.Sc. Chemistry/ Biology, University of Winnipeg, 1994

 

Awards

  • W.O.S. Meredith Fellowship for Barley Research, University of Manitoba, 2016
  • Seed of the Year Scholarship-West, University of Manitoba, 2017
  • 34th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium – Pathology Section - Bronze Prize, 2018
  • Food Systems and Sustainability Symposium – Food Systems Research Group Graduate Student Symposium – Bronze Prize, 2018

Key publications

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Askarian, H., Legge, W.G., Tekauz, A., Tucker, J.R., and Strelkov, S.E. (2015). "Ability of Pyrenophora teres pathotypes to overcome net blotch resistance in Canadian barley genotypes.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. (Abstract)

    2015 - View publication details

  4. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Kebede, B., Tekauz, A., Kutcher, H.R., Kirkham, C., Xi, K., Kumar, K., Tucker, J.R., Strelkov, S.E. (2015). Prevalence of mating type idiomorphs in Pyrenophora teres f. teres and P. teres f. maculata populations from the Canadian prairies, 37(1), 52-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2014.995710

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  5. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Kebede, B., Tekauz, A., Xi, K., Kutcher, H.R., Tucker, J.R., Kirkham, C., and Strelkov, S.E. (2014). "Comparative genetic diversity of Pyrenophora teres f. teres and P. teres f. maculata populations on the Canadian Prairies.", 1st International Workshop on Barley Leaf Diseases, SalsomaggioreTerme, Italy, June 3-6, 2014, pp. 12. (Abstract)

    2014 - View publication details

  6. Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Beattie, A.D., and Voth, D. (2014). "Progress in developing two-rowed barley for resistance to spot blotch.", American Phytopathological Society (APS) and Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) Joint Meeting 2014, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 9-13, 2014, pp. 246-P. (Poster)

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  7. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Kebede, B., Tekauz, A., Xi, K., Kutcher, H.R., Tucker, J.R., Kirkham, C., Kumar, K., Rennie, D.C., and Strelkov, S.E. (2014). "Genetic diversity of the spot form of the net blotch pathogen of barley (Pyrenophora teres f. maculata) on the Canadian Prairies as by revealed by simple sequence repeats analysis.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 36, pp. 125-126. (Abstract)

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  8. Tucker, J.R., Feranando, W.G.D., Badea, A., and Legge, W.G. (2014). "Genomic Selection for Improving Fusarium Head Blight Resistance and Lowering Deoxynivalenol Accumulation in Two-rowed Barley.", 21st North American Barley Research Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, June 29- July 2, 2014. (Poster)

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  9. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Kebede, B., Strelkov, I.S., Xi, K., Kumar, K., Tekauz, A., Kutcher, H.R., Tucker, J.R., Kirkham, C., Dunfield, K.E., and Strelkov, S.E. (2014). "Aetiology of Pyrenophora teres forms causing intermediate symptoms of net blotch in barley fields on the Prairies (84th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, Edmonton, AB, Canada, June 16-19, 2013).", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 36, pp. 252-253. (Abstract)

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  10. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Askarian, H., Tekauz, A., Xi, K., Kutcher, H.R., Tucker, J.R., Kirkham, C., Kumar, K., and Strelkov, S.E. (2014). "Pathogenic diversity in Pyrenophora teres f. teres (net form net blotch of barley) populations from the Canadian Prairies.", 1st International Workshop on Barley Leaf Diseases, SalsomaggioreTerme, Italy, June 3-6, 2014, pp. 57. (Abstract)

    2014 - View publication details

Research facility

2701 Grand Valley Road, P.O. Box 1000A
Brandon, MB R7A 5Y3
Canada

Affiliations

  • Member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • Member of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley. 
  • Chair of Disease Evaluation Team, Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley

Language

English