Michelle Hubbard, PhD

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Research Scientist - Pulse Pathology

Dr. Michelle Hubbard leads a field, greenhouse, growth chamber and lab based research program on important diseases of pulse crops, including ascochyta blight of chickpea, root rot of pea and lentil and anthracnose of lentil. 

Current research and/or projects

Current research projects include the exploration of

  • Intercropping chickpea and flax to manage ascochyta blight of chickpea and/or promote chickpea maturity
  • Ascochyta blight of chickpea management through the interactions of genetics, fungicides and IMI herbicides
  • Fungicide insensitivity in anthracnose of lentil
  • An emerging health issue of chickpea
  • Management of root rot in pea via
    • Crop rotation
    • Liming
    • Intercropping
    • Biocontrol
  • Fusarium avenaceum and graminearum in pulses and cereals
  • Plant defense priming
  • Pulse camelina intercropping
  • Impact of KCl fertility on chickpea health

Professional activities / interests

Innovative and sustainable disease management


Farmer outreach

Interactions between climate change and plant disease

Key publications

  1. Eranthodi A, Overy D, Harris LJ, Hubbard M, Schwinghamer T, *Chatterton S, *Foroud NA. Effect of cereal-pulse rotations on Fusarium avenaceum pathogenicity. 12th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Paris, FRANCE. August 20-25, 2023.

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Hossain, Z., Hubbard, M., Gan, Y., Bainard, L.D. (2021). Root rot alters the root-associated microbiome of field pea in commercial crop production systems. Plant and Soil, [online] 460(1-2), 593-607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04779-8

    2021 - View publication details

  3. Karppinen, E.M., Payment, J., Chatterton, S., Bainard, J.D., Hubbard, M., Gan, Y., Bainard, L.D. (2020). Distribution and abundance of Aphanomyces euteiches in agricultural soils: effect of land use type, soil properties, and crop management practices. Applied Soil Ecology, [online] 150 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.103470

    2020 - View publication details

  4. Hubbard, M., Hynes, R.K., Bailey, K.L. (2015). Impact of macrocidins, produced by Phoma macrostoma, on carotenoid profiles of plants. Biological Control, [online] 89 11-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.04.017

    2015 - View publication details

Research facility

1 Airport Road
Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2