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. 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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  2. 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. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 93(2), 291-297. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2012-248

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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). "TR05195 Two-row malting barley with reduced deoxynivalenol result of in vitro selection.", Cereal Research Communications, 36(Suppl. 6), pp. 121-124. doi : 10.1556/CRC.36.2008.Suppl.B.14

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  13. Geddes, J., Eudes, F., Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Selinger, L.B. (2008). Evaluation of inoculation methods on infection and deoxynivalenol production by Fusarium graminearum on barley. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 30(1), 66-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060660809507497

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  14. Rossnagel, B.G., Zatorski, T., Voth, D., Scoles, G.J., Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., and Savard, M.E. (2007). "CDC Mindon 2 row barley with low DON accumulation.", 5th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2007, pp. 114.

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  15. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., and Martin, R.A. (2007). "Two-row malting barley breeding lines with improved resistance to fusarium head blight.", 5th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2007, pp. 111.

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  16. Arganosa, G.C., Rossnagel, B.G., Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Savard, M.E., Zatorski, T., Voth, D., and Grewal, T.S. (2007). "Update on near infrared spectroscopy as a screening tool for deoxynivalenol (DON) on whole grain and ground samples of barley.", 5th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2007, pp. 103.

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  17. Legge, W.G., Therrien, M.C., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Savard, M.E., Choo, T.-M., Vigier, B.J., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Voth, D., Zatorski, T., Helm, J.H., Juskiw, P.E., Nyachiro, J.M., Xi, K., and Zantinge, J.L. (2007). 2007-08 Semi-Annual Report to ARDI, Improving resistance to Fusarium head blight in barley germplasm, Project # 05-710., AAFC Brandon Research Centre, MB. (Report)

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  18. Legge, W.G., Therrien, M.C., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Choo, T.-M., Ho, K.M., Vigier, B.J., Martin, R.A., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Voth, D., Zatorski, T., Helm, J.H., Juskiw, P.E., Nyachiro, J.M., Xi, K., and Zantinge, J.L. (2007). 2006-07 Interim Report to the Canadian Wheat Board, Improving resistance to Fusarium head blight in barley germplasm., AAFC Brandon Research Centre, MB. (Report)

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  19. Legge, W.G., Therrien, M.C., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Choo, T.-M., Ho, K.M., Vigier, B.J., Martin, R.A., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Voth, D., Zatorski, T., Helm, J.H., Juskiw, P.E., Nyachiro, J.M., Xi, K., and Zantinge, J.L. (2007). 2006-07 Interim Report to ACIDF, Fusarium Resistance in Barley Germplasm, Project # 2006C009R., AAFC Brandon Research Centre, MB. (Report)

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  20. Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Therrien, M.C., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Vigier, B.J., Savard, M.E., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., Voth, D., Zatorski, T., Helm, J.H., Juskiw, P.E., Nyachiro, J.M., Xi, K., and Zantinge, J.L. (2007). "Progress in breeding barley for Fusarium resistance.", 5th Canadian Barley Symposium & District Western Canada Master Brewers Association of the Americas, York the Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, June 25-29, 2007.

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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