Moussa Sory Diarra, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Microbiology – Foof Safety - Animal Sciences

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Diarra’s research program closely aligns with two of AAFC's National research priorities: (1) Addressing threats to the agricultural and agri-food value chain; (2) Improving environmental performance of the Canadian Agricultural System. Dr. Diarra’s research on the molecular ecology of antimicrobial resistant and foodborne bacteria associated with livestock and poultry adds a unique dimension to AAFC’s overall research capability. Overall, his research evaluates the risk to human health associated with livestock and poultry production practices in Canada, and seeks to develop strategies to mitigate the contamination of food and the environment.

Research and/or project statements

  • Insects as sustainable feed ingredient for broiler
  • Fruit by-products to modulate gut microbiota in broiler chicken
  • Optimization of berry by-products use in organic poultry production chicken
  • GRDI-AMR Mitigation: ecology and alternatives to antibiotics in Poultry
  • On-farm evaluation of encapsulated essential oil
  • Butyrate with plant extracts to reduce the use of antibiotics in chicken production
  • Metabolic and Functional activities of bio-protective lactic cultures
  • Mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in poultry

Professional activities / interests

  • Molecular ecology of bacteria and antibiotic resistance in food production: Risk assessment, characterization of survival mechanisms and gut microbiota
  • Bacterial pathogenesis and development of alternatives to antibiotics: Natural products and vaccines
  • Sustainable poultry and livestock productions: conventional and organic

Education and awards

Ph.D. Microbiology - Immunology, Université Laval, 1995

Key publications

  1. Das, Q., Tang, J., Yin, X., Ross, K., Warriner, K., Marcone, M.F., Diarra, M.S. (2021). Organic cranberry pomace and its ethanolic extractives as feed supplement in broiler: impacts on serum Ig titers, liver and bursal immunity. Poultry Science, [online] 100(2), 517-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2020.09.044

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  2. Xu, Q., Si, W., Mba, O.I., Sienkiewicz, O., Ngadi, M., Ross, K., Kithama, M., Kiarie, E.G., Kennes, Y.M., Diarra, M.S., Zhao, X. (2021). Research Note: Effects of supplementing cranberry and blueberry pomaces on meat quality and antioxidative capacity in broilers. Poultry Science, [online] 100(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2020.11.069

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  3. Suresh, G., Pakdel, H., Rouissi, T., Brar, S.K., Diarra, M., Roy, C. (2020). Evaluation of pyroligneous acid as a therapeutic agent against Salmonella in a simulated gastrointestinal tract of poultry. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, [online] 51(3), 1309-1316. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s42770-020-00294-1

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  4. 2020 Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada, Webinar Series, May 26-June 11.

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  5. Das, Q., Islam, M.R., Lepp, D., Tang, J., Yin, X., Mats, L., Liu, H., Ross, K., Kennes, Y.M., Yacini, H., Warriner, K., Marcone, M.F., Diarra, M.S. (2020). Gut Microbiota, Blood Metabolites, and Spleen Immunity in Broiler Chickens Fed Berry Pomaces and Phenolic-Enriched Extractives. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, [online] 7 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2020.00150

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  6. Ross, K.A., DeLury, N., Fukumoto, L., Diarra, M.S. (2020). Dried berry pomace as a source of high value-added bioproduct: drying kinetics and bioactive quality indices. International Journal of Food Properties, [online] 23(1), 2123-2143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10942912.2020.1847144

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  7. Yin Lau, A.T., Barbut, S., Ross, K., Diarra, M.S., Balamurugan, S. (2019). The effect of cranberry pomace ethanol extract on the growth of meat starter cultures, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis and Listeria monocytogenes. Food Science and Technology - LWT, [online] 115 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2019.108452

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  8. 2019 Annual Meeting of Poultry Science Association; July 15-18, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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  9. 2019 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show; July 8-11, Austin, TX, USA.

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  10. Das, Q., Lepp, D., Yin, X., Ross, K., McCallum, J.L., Warriner, K., Marcone, M.F., Diarra, M.S. (2019). Transcriptional profiling of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis exposed to ethanolic extract of organic cranberry pomace. PLoS ONE, [online] 14(7), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219163

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  11. Chekabab, S.M., Rehman, M.A., Yin, X., Carrillo, C., Mondor, M., Diarra, M.S. (2019). Growth of salmonella enterica serovars typhimurium and enteritidis in iron-poor media and in meat: Role of catecholate and hydroxamate siderophore transporters, 82(4), 548-560. http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-18-371

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  12. Maguire, F., Rehman, M.A., Carrillo, C., Diarra, M.S., Beiko, R.G. (2019). Identification of primary antimicrobial resistance drivers in agricultural nontyphoidal Salmonella enterica serovars by using machine learning. mSystems, [online] 4(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00211-19

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  13. Taggar, G., Rehman, M.A., Yin, X., Lepp, D., Ziebell, K., Handyside, P., Boerlin, P., Diarra, M.S. (2018). Antimicrobial-resistant E. Coli from surface waters in southwest Ontario dairy farms. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 47(5), 1068-1078. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.04.0139

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  14. 2018 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show; Vancouver, Canada, July 8-12, 2018.

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  15. 2018 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show; Vancouver, Canada, July 8-12, 2018.

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  16. Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Carisse, O., Diarra, M.S., Peters, R.D., Lowe, C., Chapados, J.T., Lévesque, C.A. (2018). Assessing performance of spore samplers in monitoring aeromycobiota and fungal plant pathogen diversity in Canada. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, [online] 84(9), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02601-17

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  17. 2017 Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - FOOD SAFETY RESEARCH FORUM; October 20, Guelph, Ontario.

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  18. Rehman, M.A., Yin, X., Persaud-Lachhman, M.G., Diarra, M.S. (2017). First detection of a fosfomycin resistance gene, fosA7, in Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg isolated from broiler chickens. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, [online] 61(8), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AAC.00410-17

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  19. Rehman, M.A., Carrillo, C., Malouin, F., Diarra, M.S. (2017). Draft whole-genome sequences of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli O157: H7 Strains isolated from feedlot cattle treated with growth-promoting agents. Genome Announcements, [online] 5(18), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00284-17

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  20. Simmons, K., Islam, R., Rempel, H., Block, G.S., Topp, E., and Diarra, M.S. (2016 in press). "Antimicrobial Resistance of Escherichia fergusonii Isolated from Broiler Chickens.", Journal of Food Protection.

    2016 - View publication details

Research facility

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5C9
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Sherbrooke
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph
  • Graduate Faculty, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph

Language

English
French