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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Evolution and Lifestyle of RNA Viruses.", Invited Presentation at ARRTI Speaker Series Lecture, University of Lethbridge, Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, January 21, 2015. (Presentation)

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  6. Lange, F.D., Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). Growth strategies for a declining market- the German fresh potato market, 91(5), 440-446. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-014-9367-y

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  7. Alkher, H.A., Islam, M.R., Wijekoon, C.P., Wijekoon, C.P., Kalischuk, M.L., Kawchuk, L.M., Peters, R.D., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Conn, K.L., Dobinson, K.F., Waterer, D.R., and Daayf, F. (2015). "Characterization of Phytophthora infestans populations in Canada during 2012.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 37(3), pp. 305-314. doi : 10.1080/07060661.2015.1053987

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  8. Forge, T.A., Larney, F.J., Kawchuk, L.M., Pearson, D.C., Koch, C., Blackshaw, R.E. (2015). Crop rotation effects on Pratylenchus neglectus populations in the root zone of irrigated potatoes in southern Alberta, 37(3), 363-368. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2015.1066864

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  9. Kalischuk, M.L., Johnson, D., Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). Priming with a double-stranded DNA virus alters Brassica rapa seed architecture and facilitates a defense response, 557(2), 130-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2014.12.016

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  10. Kalischuk, M., Hachey, J., Kawchuk, L. (2015). Complete genome sequence of phytopathogenic Pectobacterium atrosepticum bacteriophage Peat1, 3(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00760-15

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  11. Crane, B., Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Macdonald, K., MacPhail, A., Drake, K.A., and Gregory, D. (2014). "Resistance to metalaxyl-m in populations of the potato pink rot pathogen (Phytophthora erythroseptica) in Canada.", Northeast Potato Technology Forum 2014, Fredericton, NB, Canada, March 12-13, 2014, Proceedings published by McCain Foods Ltd., pp. 7-8.

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  12. Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). "Potato pathology and microbiology.", Delegation from the Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Lethbridge Research Centre, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, March 17, 2014. (Presentation)

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  13. Vucurevich, T., Sheedy, C., Duke, G., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). "Immunofluorescent detection of clubroot resting spores.", Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Pocaterra Inn, Canmore, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2014, pp. 3.

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  14. Kalischuk, M.L. and Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). "Mapping of the Small RNA from Potato leafroll virus infected plants reveals a 3’ subgenomic RNA encoding a 5’ sequence-specific RNA-binding protein.", RiboWest 2014 10th Annual Meeting, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB., Canada, June 18-21, 2014. (Abstract)

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  15. Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., Daayf, F., and Al-Mughrabi, K.I. (2014). "The changing dynamic of tomato and potato late blight in Canada.", 29th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop, Windsor, ON, Canada, November 4-6, 2014.

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  16. Crane, B., Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., MacPhail, A., Drake, K.A., Gregory, D., and Macdonald, K. (2014). "Resistance to metalaxyl-m in populations of Phytophthora erythroseptica causing pink rot of potato in Canada.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. (Abstract)

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  17. Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). "Next generation potato innovation in Canada.", USDA Agriculture Attaché and USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Specialist, US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, September 25, 2014. (Presentation)

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  18. Johnson, D.L., Kawchuk, L.M., and Meers, S. (2014). "Potato psyllid and zebra chip monitoring network.", Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) Annual Meeting, Sheraton, Red Deer, AB, Canada, November 18-20, 2014.

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  19. Crane, B., Peters, R.D., Kawchuk, L.M., Harding, M.W., Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Macdonald, K., MacPhail, A., Drake, K.A., and Gregory, D. (2014). "Resistance to metalaxyl-m in populations of the potato pink rot pathogen (Phytophthora erythroseptica) in Canada.", Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) Annual Meeting, Sheraton, Red Deer, AB, Canada, November 18-20, 2014.

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  20. Wijekoon, C. and Kawchuk, L.M. (2014). "Molecular characterization of Late blight pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) using microsatellite and TRFLP analysis.", Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Pocaterra Inn, Canmore, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2014.

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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