Martin Laforest

Current research and/or projects

Early detection, monitoring and management of herbicide resistant weeds in field vegetables

Complexe herbicide resistance

Triazine resistant Chenopodium album

Impact of cover crops in horticulture

Research and/or project statements

My projects consist in detecting the presence of herbicide-resistant weeds and explaining the mechanism that the plant uses to survive the herbicide treatment. With this information, we develop genetic tests (molecular markers) which make possible the rapid detection of identical cases. We also study weed populations in order to better understand and possibly act on field implantation. This work is in line with the sector strategy in several ways. By its innovation, it allows to be more competitive in the external markets because it reduces the cost of inputs (herbicides) and therefore the cost of production. These tools, which provide rapid knowledge of resistance cases, mitigate risks and prevent unnecessary use of herbicides while encouraging the development of farming methods that will produce better results using resources with more efficiency. 

Professional activities / interests

Molecular mechanisms of weeds herbicide resistance
Development of diagnostic tools for herbicide resistance

Population genetics of weeds

Genetics, genomics and transcriptomics

Education and awards

Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Laval Université, 1999
B.Sc. Biological Sciecnes, University of Montréal, 1992

Key publications

  1. Laforest, M. S. Martin, S. Meloche, B. Soufian, K. Bisaillon, F. Tardif and E.R. Page. 2021. Chromosome-Scale Draft Genomes of Common and Giant Ragweed Reveal a Potential Mechanism of Glyphosate Resistance. Annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society, Halifax N.S., November 14-17.

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  2. Hickmott, H., F. Tardiff, I. Rajcan, S. Meloche, M. Laforest and E.R. Page. Heterosis and the inheritance of paraquat resistance in Canada fleabane. 2021. Annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society, Halifax, N.S., November 14-17.

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  3. Simard, M-J, Laforest, M., Martin, S. and Maheux, L. 2022. Competition between bird’s rape and canola in unmanaged field borders: Year 1. Weed Science Society of America/Canadian Weed Science Society meeting, February 22-24, Online. Poster

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  4. Page, E.R.*, R.E. Nurse, S. Meloche, K. Bosveld, C. Grainger, K. Obeid, M. Filotas, M.J. Simard and M. Laforest. 2021. Import of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) seed with sweet potato (Ipomea batatas
    (L.) Lam) slips. Joint virtual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and Weed Science Society of America, February 22nd – 24th 2022 (Poster Presentation).

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  5. Laforest, M., Bisaillon, K., Soufiane, B. Maheux, L., Fortin S., Martin, S., James T. , Miville D. , Marcoux, A. and Simard, M.-J. 2021. Glyphosate Resistant Bird Rape Mustard (Brassica rapa) Through Introgression of a Transgenic Construct: Distribution and Genetic Characterization. Weed Science Society of America meeting, March 15-18, Online.

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  6. Pandian, B.A., Friesen, A., Laforest, M., Peterson, D.E., Vara Prasad, P.V., Jugulam, M. (2020). Confirmation and characterization of the first case of acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibitor resistant wild buckwheat (Polygonum convolvulus) in the United States. Agronomy, [online] 10(10),

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  7. McKenzie-Gopsill, A., Graham, G., Laforest, M., Ibarra, S., Hann, S., Wagg, C. (2020). Occurrence and management of PSII-inhibitor-resistant chenopodium album L. In atlantic canadian potato production. Agronomy, [online] 10(9),

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  8. McKenzie-Gopsill AG, Graham G, Laforest M, Ibarra S, Hann S, Wagg C. 2020. Tracking and managing triazine resistant Chenopodium album in Atlantic Canadian potato production. Prince Edward Island Soil and Crop Conference. March 5th 2020, Summerside PE Canada

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  9. McKenzie-Gopsill AG, Graham G, Laforest M, Ibarra S, Hann S, Wagg C. 2020. Tracking and managing triazine resistant Chenopodium album in Atlantic Canadian potato production. New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting. Feb 21st 2020, Woodstock NB Canada

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  10. Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 11-15, 2020.

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  11. Laforest, M., Bisaillon, K., Ciotola, M., Cadieux, M., Hébert, P.O., Toussaint, V., Svircev, A.M. (2019). Rapid identification of erwinia amylovora and pseudomonas syringae species and characterization of E. Amylovora streptomycin resistance using quantitative PCR assays. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, [online] 65(7), 496-509.

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  12. Page, E.R., Meloche, S., Bae, J., Larsen, R.J., Laforest, M., Nurse, R.E. (2019). Tricotyledenous giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.). Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(1), 84-87.

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  13. Laforest, M., Soufiane, B. (2018). Coevolution of two sulfonylurea-resistant common chickweed (Stellaria media) biotypes with different mutations in the acetolactate synthase Gene. Weed Science, [online] 66(4), 439-445.

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  14. Page, E.R., Grainger, C.M., Laforest, M., Nurse, R.E., Rajcan, I., Bae, J., Tardif, F.J. (2018). Target and Non-target site Mechanisms Confer Resistance to Glyphosate in Canadian Accessions of Conyza canadensis. Weed Science, [online] 66(2), 234-245.

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  15. Breeden, S.M., Brosnan, J.T., Breeden, G.K., Vargas, J.J., Eichberger, G., Tresch, S., Laforest, M. (2017). Controlling Dinitroaniline-Resistant Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) in Turfgrass, 31(6), 883-889.

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  16. Laforest, M., Soufiane, B., Simard, M.J., Obeid, K., Page, E., Nurse, R.E. (2017). Acetyl-CoA carboxylase overexpression in herbicide-resistant large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis). Pest Management Science, [online] 73(11), 2227-2235.

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  17. Marie-Josée Simard,a Martin Laforest,a Brahim Soufiane,a Diane Lyse Benoit,a François J. Tardifb

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  18. Brosnan, J.T., Vargas, J.J., Breeden, G.K., Grier, L., Aponte, R.A., Tresch, S., Laforest, M. (2016). A new amino acid substitution (Ala-205-Phe) in acetolactate synthase (ALS) confers broad spectrum resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides. Planta, [online] 243(1), 149-159.

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  19. 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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  20. Laforest, M. and Soufiane, B. (2015) Résistance des mauvaises herbes : causes et mode de détection par test ADN, Journée pesticides de Lanaudière.

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Research facility

430 Gouin Boulevard
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 3E6


Canadian Weed Science Society
Québec Society for the Protection of Plants

Weed Science Society of America

International Weed Science Society

Associate Professor, Laval University