Lawrence Kawchuk, Ph.D.

Current research and/or projects

Current research projects focus on advances in sustainable crop production involving disease diagnostics and resistance; microbial characterization for plant health and the safety of the food system; and innovation enhancing economic performance and benefits for all stakeholders.

 

 

Research and/or project statements

  • Development of disease prevention strategies for horticultural crops, such as potato, that improve food safety and quality.
  • Characterize endemic food-borne pathogens and produce diagnostics that help protect health and the environment. 
  • Introduce new plant germplasm and varieties with disease resistance for sustainable increase in production and market expansion.

Professional activities / interests

Scientific Advisory Board, Fraunhofer Institute, Santiago, Chile.

Review Editor, frontiers in Plant Science, Plant Biotechnology.

Gates Foundation, Review Committee, Washington DC, USA.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Biotechnology Congress.

Education and awards

B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany, University of Manitoba, 1985

M.Sc. Botany, University of Manitoba, 1987

Ph.D. Plant Science, University of Britiah Columbia, 1990

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship 1985-1990

OECD Research Fellow 1998

Gordon J. Green Award, Canadian Phytopathological Society, 2000

Endeavour Research Fellow 2009

 

International experience and/or work

Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute, DPMI, Cologne, Germany, 1998

Visiting Scientist, The University of Sydney, Department of Biological Sciences, Sydney, Australia, 2009

 

Key publications

  1. Fusaro, A.F., Barton, D.A., Nakasugi, K., Jackson, C., Kalischuk, M.L., Kawchuk, L.M., Vaslin, M.F.S., Correa, R.L., Waterhouse, P.M. (2017). The luteovirus p4 movement protein is a suppressor of systemic rna silencing, 9(10), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v9100294

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  2. Wijekoon, C.P., Pageni, B.B., Kalischuk, M.L., Lupwayi, N.Z., Kawchuk, L.M. (2017). Amplification of the Phytophthora infestans RG57 loci Facilitates in planta T-RFLP Identification of Late Blight Genotypes, 94(3), 251-257. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-016-9560-2

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  3. Larry Kawchuk and Rick Peters. 2016. Best management practices required for new Phytophthora infestans strains. Potato Growers of Alberta 50th Annual Meeting, November. Banff Springs, Banff, AB. Poster

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  4. Kawchuk, L, Jonson, D, and Meers, S. 2016. Low potato psyllid vector levels and absence of the zebra chip disease in Canada. PROCINORTE: Pests & Diseases of Solanceans Workshop - Oct. 26-28, 2016. Ottawa, ON. Presentation

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  5. Johnson, D., L. Kawchuk, and S. Meers. Field sampling and DNA analysis of potato psyllids (Bactericera cockerelli) in Alberta, Canada, 2013-2015. 2016. 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation)

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  6. Bizimungu, B., B Fofana, D. Main, J. McCallum, L. Kawchuk, and H. Tai. (2016) Development and characterization of diploid potato lines with agronomic and processing traits. “Breeding”, 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, July 31- August 4, 2016, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation) http://potatoassociation.org/

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  7. Kalischuk, Melanie and Lawrence Kawchuk (2016) Polerovirus suppression by a 5’ sequence-specific RNA-binding protein encoded by a late infection 3’ subgenomic RNA. Proceedings of RNA 2016, The 21st Annual Meeting of the RNA Society. Abstract 868. June 28 - July 2, 2016, Kyoto, Japan. (Poster) http://www2.convention.co.jp/rna2016/index.html

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  8. M. Kalischuk, M. Harding, R. Howard, R. Peters, C. Wijekoon, J. LeBoeuf, S. Sabaratnam, D. Waterer, B. Bizimungu, K. Al-Mughrabi and L. Kawchuk. (2016) Characterization of Phytophthora infestans strains causing late blight provides new disease prevention strategies. ”Pathology”, 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, July 31- August 4, 2016, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation) http://potatoassociation.org/

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  9. Marie-Claude Gagnon, Lawrence Kawchuk, D. Mathieu Tremblay, Odile Carisse, Giovanna Danies, William E. Fry, C. André Lévesque, and Guillaume J. Bilodeau. (2016). Identification of the Dominant Genotypes of Phytophthora infestans in Canada Using Real-Time PCR with ASO-PCR Assays. Plant Disease 100 (7): 1482-1491. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/pdf/10.1094/PDIS-07-15-0763-RE

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  10. Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Bronze Leaf Disease Update.", International Society of Arboriculture Prairie Chapter Conference, Lethbridge Lodge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, October 19, 2015.

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  11. Wijekoon, C., Pageni, B.B., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Rapid molecular characterization of the late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans.", Botany 2015 Joint Conference: Science and plants for people, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-30, 2015, # 825. (Abstract)

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  12. Kalischuk, M.L., Peters, R.D., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Daayf, F., Harding, M.W., Howard, R.J., Sabaratnam, S., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Chronic late blight produced by Phytophthora infestans US-23 limits conventional disease management strategies.", Botany 2015 Joint Conference: Science and plants for people, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-30, 2015, # 1251. (Abstract)

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  13. Kalischuk, M.L. and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Virus suppression with the Polerovirus 5’ sequence-specific RNA-binding protein encoded by the 3’ subgenomic RNA. P VIRUS 47.", XVIII International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC), Free University Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Berlin, Germany, August 24-27, 2015.

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  14. Crane, B., Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Macdonald, K., MacPhail, A., Drake, K.A., and Gregory, D. (2015 in press). "Resistance to metalaxyl-m in populations of the potato pink rot pathogen (Phytophthora erythroseptica) in Canada.", American Journal of Potato Research. (Abstract)

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  15. 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., 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. Final Report. 54. http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc195/p802330_A1b.pdf. (Report)

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  16. Carisse, O., Kawchuk, L.M., Peters, R.D., Bilodeau, G.J., Lévesque, C.A., Vincent, C., and Laforest, M. (2015). "Biovigilance: a framework for effective pest management.", National Science Day on Biovigilance and Precision Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada, July 9, 2015. (Presentation)

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  17. 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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  18. Kalischuk, M.L., Johnson, D.L., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Characterization of the transcriptome and pathogen small RNA associated with stress memory in a commercial crop.", American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, USA, August 1-5, 2015. (Abstract)

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  19. Johnson, D.L., Kawchuk, L.M., Meers, S., Xia, Q., and Walgama, R.S. (2015). "Potato psyllid, an invasive species in Canada: abundance, population characteristics, and vector status.", Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show. Potato Growers of Alberta, The Sheraton, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, November 17- 19, 2015.

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  20. Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Late blight evolution and prevention strategies.", Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show. Potato Growers of Alberta, The Sheraton, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, November 17- 19, 2015.

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge, 2019-2022

Honorary Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Universtity of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science, University of Alberta,1997-2000

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge,1992-2015

Language

English