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
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/v91002942017 - View publication details
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/s12230-016-9560-22017 - View publication details
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)2016 - View publication details
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/2016 - View publication details
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.html2016 - View publication details
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/2016 - View publication details
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-RE2016 - View publication details
Kalischuk, M.L., Harding, M.W., Howard, R.J., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Late blight pathogen monitoring.", Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show. Potato Growers of Alberta, The Sheraton, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, November 17- 19, 2015, Presentation.2015 - View publication details
Crane, B., Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Macdonald, K., MacPhail, A., Drake, K.A., Gregory, D., and Clark, M.M. (2015). "Fungicide resistance in populations of Phytophthora erythroseptica in Canada and alternative management strategies for potato pink rot.", Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show. Potato Growers of Alberta, The Sheraton, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, November 17- 19, 2015, Presentation.2015 - View publication details
Johnson, D.L., Kawchuk, L.M., Meers, S., Xia, Q., and others (2015). "Canadian Zebra Chip and Potato Psyllid Monitoring Network.", American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, USA, August 1-5, 2015. (Poster)2015 - View publication details
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