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., Tucker, J.R., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Savard, M.E. (2014). AAC synergy barley, 94(4), 797-803. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-307

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  2. 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. (2013). "Genetic diversity of the spot form of the net blotch pathogen of barley (Pyrenophora teres f. maculata) on the Canadian Prairies as revealed by simple sequence repeats analysis.", 34th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Brooks, AB, Canada, November 4-6, 2013, Received 2013 Plant Pathology Society of Alberta Best Student Poster Presentation Award. (Poster)

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  3. Akhavan, A., Turkington, T.K., Strelkov, I.S., Xi, K., Kumar, K., Tekauz, A., Kutcher, H.R., Tucker, J.R., Kirkham, C., Dunfield, K.E., and Strelkov, S.E. (2013). "Occurrence of forms and mating type idiomorphs in western Canadian Pyrenophora teres (net blotch of barley) populations.", 84th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, Edmonton, AB, Canada, June 16-19, 2013, Received 2013 Canadian Phytopathological Society Graduate Student Travel Award.

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  4. 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. (2013). "Etiology 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, Received 2013 Canadian Phytopathological Society Best Student Poster Presentation Award. (Poster)

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  5. 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. (2013). "Genetic structure of Pyrenophora teres f. teres (net form net blotch of barley) populations from the Canadian Prairies as revealed by simple sequence repeats analysis.", 34th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Brooks, AB, Canada, November 4-6, 2013, oral presentation.

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  6. Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Badea, A., and Fetch Jr., T.G. (2013). "Breeding for stem rust (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici) resistance in barley (Hordeum vulgare) at the AAFC Brandon Research Centre: Future directions.", Manitoba Regional Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, Carman, MB, Canada, November 20, 2013. (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. (2013). "Assessing the nature and variability of the barley net blotch pathogen on the Canadian Prairies and the ability to adapt to host resistance and fungicides.", 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Barley Commission, Banff, AB, Canada, December 4-6, 2013, Received 2013 Alberta Barley Commission 2nd Place Student Poster Competition. (Poster)

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  8. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Noll, J.S., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.M., Vigier, B.J., Blackwell, B.A., Savard, M.E. (2013). Taylor barley, 93(5), 969-977. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-126

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  9. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Fetch, J.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Noll, J.S., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Savard, M.E., Choo, T.M. (2013). Cerveza barley, 93(3), 557-564. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2012-299

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  10. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Noll, J.S., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Savard, M.E. (2013). Major barley, 93(2), 291-297. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2012-248

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  11. Clear, R.M., Tucker, J.R., Gaba, D., Patrick, S.K., Lee, S.J., Demeke, T., Tittlemier, S.A., Legge, W.G., Gräfenhan, T. (2013). Deoxynivalenol levels and chemotype frequency in barley cultivars inoculated with two chemotypes of Fusarium graminearum. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 35(1), 37-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2012.751622

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  12. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Blackwell, B.A., and Savard, M.E. (2011). "Development of two‐row malting barley with improved fusarium head blight resistance at Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, Published in: Gilbert, J. and Tekauz, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Canadian Worksop on Fusarium Head Blight, pp. 105.

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  13. Legge, W.G. and Tucker, J.R. (2011). "Update on improving fusarium head blight resistance in barley for western Canada.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 64.

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  14. Tucker, J.R., Turkington, T.K., and Legge, W.G. (2011). "Barley genotype interaction with three virulent scald (Rhynchosporium secalis) pathotypes from western Canada.", 4th International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights (IWBLB), West Park Conference Centre, Dundee, Scotland, UK, June 27-29, 2011.

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  15. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Noll, J.S., Fetch, T.G., Menzies, J.G., Haber, S., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., Choo, T.M., Martin, R.A., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Harvey, B.L. (2011). Norman barley, 91(6), 1105-1113. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/cjps2010-020

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  16. Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Richards, K.W., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., and Martin, R.A. (2009). "Evaluation of diverse barley accessions with resistance to fusarium head blight.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 31(1), pp. 130. (Abstract)

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  17. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., and Vigier, B.J. (2008). "Two-row malting barley breeding lines with improved resistance to fusarium head blight.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 30(2), pp. 359. (Abstract)

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  18. Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Richards, K.W., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., and Martin, R.A. (2008). "Evaluation of diverse barley accessions with resistance to fusarium head blight.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 79th Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, June 15-18, 2008.

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  19. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Vigier, B.J., Savard, M.E., Harvey, B.L., and Rossnagel, B.G. (2008). "TR05915 Two-row malting barley with reduced deoxynivalenol result of in vitro selection.", 3rd International Symposium on Fusarium Head Blight, Szeged, Hungary, September 2-7, 2008.

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  20. Rossnagel, B.G., Zatorski, T., Voth, D., Scoles, G.J., Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., and Savard, M.E. (2008). "Registration of ‘CDC Mindon’ Barley.", Journal of Plant Registrations, 2(2), pp. 79-84. doi : 10.3198/jpr2007.10.0568crc

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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