Rishi R. Burlakoti, PhD

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Research Scientist-Plant Pathology

I am a Research Scientist- Plant Pathology at Agassiz Research and Development Center, AAFC. My research programs focus on pathogen characterization, disease epidemiology and sustainable management of major diseases of berry crops, field and greenhouse vegetables crops of British Columbia.  I have research interests in integrated disease management, plant disease epidemiology, host-pathogen interaction, and pathogen genetics and genomics. 

I am also an Adjunct Professor in Faculty of Land and Food System, University of British Columbia (UBC) and in Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph. I am serving in editorial boards of ‘Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology’,  ‘Plants’, and 'PeerJ'.

Current research and/or projects

  • Population genetic study of Phytophthora infestans strains causing late blight of potato and tomatoes in Canada
  • Pathogen characterization and sustainable management of root rot complex  and bacterial blight of berry crops
  • Survey, epidemiology and forecasting of diseases of small fruits and vegetable crops
  • Disease monitoring and characterization of indigenous food plants
  • Identifying sources of resistance to viral diseases

Research and/or project statements

  • Étude génétique de populations de souches de Phytophthora infestans qui causent le mildiou de la pomme de terre et de la tomate au Canada
  • Caractérisation des pathogènes et gestion durable du complexe de pourritures racinaires et de la brûlure bactérienne qui touchent les cultures de petits fruits
  • Inventaire, épidémiologie et prévisions des maladies des petits fruits et des légumes
  • Surveillance des maladies et caractérisation des plantes indigènes alimentaires
  • Identification de sources de résistance aux viroses

Professional activities / interests

  • Vice President, The Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia
  • Board Member, Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association (LMHIA)
  • Board Member,  Research and Development Council, BC Greenhouse Growers Association
  • Member, Education Committee and International Cooperation Committee of Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, July 2019 to present
  • Editor, Plants, MDPI AG, Dec 2014 to present
  • Editor, PeerJ, October 2020 to present
  • Section Editor, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, July 2017 to July 2019
  • Associate Editor,  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Feb 2018 to Dec 2020
  • Editor, Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, Nov 2014 to July 2020

Education and awards

EDUCATION:

  • PhD in Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA
  • M Sc. Ag. in Plant Pathology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • B Sc. in Agriculture, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Honours and Awards

  • The Best Graduate School Research Award 2008, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, North Dakota State University.
  • The North Dakota State University Graduate School Fellowship 2005-2008
  • The Honorable Membership Awards 2008: Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta

International experience and/or work

Before joining AAFC, Dr. Burlakoti worked as a Plant Pathologist in World Vegetable Center and led the Mycology and Bacteriology units at Center’s headquarters in Taiwan. During that time, he worked in IPM projects in collaboration with national programs of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), South Asia (India and Nepal) and Africa (Mali). Past collaboration also includes delivering IPM projects (disease epidemiology and forecasting) in several European countries including UK, Portugal, and Hungary.

In addition, Dr. Burlakoti worked as a Member of Canadian Coordiantion Committee of International Twinning Partnership Program (ITPP) of Agriculture Institute of Canada in 2010 to 2012, the project focused on organic agriculture in Nepal. Currently, Dr. Burlakoti is serving as a member of International Cooperation Committee of Canadian Phytopathological Society.

Key publications

  1. Burlakoti R. R., Podile C., and Sharifi, M. 2023. Revitalization of key native berry Crops: disease monitoring and sustainable management. Poster presented at Seabird Island Band Quarterly Open House meeting on October 18, 2023, Seabird Island, BC.

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  2. Burlakoti, R. R. Novinscak, A. and Griffiths J. 2023. Exploiting host resistance in managing tomato brown rugose fruit virus. Plant Health 2023, Annual Meeting of American Phytopathological Society. Denver, CO, USA. August 12-16, 2023

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  3. Burlakoti, R. R. 2023. Population diversity of Botrytis spp. causing fruit rot of highbush blueberry and raspberry in British Columbia. 4th Annual CanFunNet Fungal Biology Conference. Virtual. May 31-June 2, 2023.

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  4. Burlakoti, R. R. 2023. Key Diseases of Berry Crops: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management. NanoLytica Spring 2023 Symposium. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. May 4, 2023.

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  5. Slyadnev, M, Novinscak, A., Burlakoti, R. R., Gill S. 2023. Microchip based detection to identify emerging pathogens of crops grown in controlled environments and fields. The 2023 Symposium of Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia. February 21. Langley, BC, Canada.

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  6. Burlakoti RR, Podile C, Novinscak A, and Sharifi M. 2023 Understanding and management of diseases of key native berry crops. Presented at AAFC and Seabird Island Band Project Review Meeting on January 30, 2023.

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  7. Burlakoti RR, Podile C, Novinscak A, and Sharifi M. 2023. Understanding and management of diseases of key native berry crops. Presented at AAFC and Seabird Island Band Project Review Meeting on January 30, 2023.

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  8. Franklin, M.T., Uriel, Y., Gibson, M., Mitchell, T., Telford, G., Burlakoti, R., Marshall, V., Ensing, D., Moffat, C., and M. Sharifi. 2023. Identification of insect pest threats and plant communities associated with culturally significant berries on the Seabird Island lands. Project Report 2021-2022.

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  9. Podile C., Burlakoti, R. R. Novinscak, A. and Punja Z. 2023. Identification and characterization of Colletotrichum spp. causing foliar diseases of salmonberry, thimbleberry and elderberry plants Canadian Phytopathological Society B.C. Regional Meeting. Victoria BC. November 01-02, 2023

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  10. Burlakoti, R. R., Novinscak, A., and Griffiths, J. 2022. Identifying resistance to tomato brown rugose fruit virus. British Columbia Greenhouse Growers’ Association Town Hall Minor Use Meeting. October 14, 2022. Abbotsford, BC, Canada.

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  11. Burlakoti RR, Novinscak A, and Sharifi M. 2023. Understanding the diseases of key native berry crops-steps toward revitalization. Poster Presented at Seabird Island Band open house in Seabird on August 31, 2023.

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  12. Burlakoti, R. R. Novinscak, A., and Griffiths, J. 2022. Identification of sources of resistance for tomato brown rugose fruits virus. Poster presented at 2022 Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus Research Symposium, August 17-18, 2022, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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  13. Novinscak, A., Burlakoti, R. R., Gill, S. and Slyadnev, M. N. 2022. Comparison of real-time PCR detection systems using naturally infected Botrytis cinerea berry samples. British Columbia regional meeting, 2021/Réunion régionale de la Colombie-Britannique, 2021, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (Abstr.) Page 4. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2022.2102280.

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  14. Sapkota, S., Burlakoti, R. R., Dossett, M., and Punja Z. 2022. Development of effective method for pathogenicity and screening of Phytophthora spp. on red raspberry seedlings. British Columbia regional meeting, 2021/Réunion régionale de la Colombie-Britannique, 2021, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (Abstr.) Page 4-5. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2022.2102280.

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  15. Betz, E. C. L., Burlakoti, R. R., Novinscak, A., and Sabaratnam, S. 2022. Characterization of cryptic species of Botrytis associated with fruit rot of highbush blueberry and raspberry in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. British Columbia regional meeting, 2021/Réunion régionale de la Colombie-Britannique, 2021, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (Abstr.) Page 2. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2022.2102280.

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  16. Burlakoti R. R., Novinscak A., vanBaar K., and Griifiths J. 2022. Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus-Global Threat to Greenhouse Tomato Production. Annual Symposium of Professional Pest Management Society of BC, February 24-25, 2022, Virtual.

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  17. Sapkota S. and Burlakoti R. R., Lubbert, M., Lamour K., and Punja Z. 2022. Molecular characterization of Phytophthora species associated with raspberry. Annual Symposium of Professional Pest Management Society of BC (Virtual), February 24-25, 2022

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  18. Novinscak A., Burlakoti R. R., Gill S., Slyadnev M. N. 2021. Comparison of real time PCR detection systems using naturally infected Botrytis cinerea berry samples. BC Regional Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (Virtual), November 9-10, 2021.

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  19. Burlakoti R. R., Sapkota S. 2021. Recent Progress in Pathogen Characterization and Development of Disease Screening Protocols for Blueberry and Raspberry Selections. BC Berries Research Review Meeting October 21- 22, 2021.

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  20. Betz E.C.L, Burlakoti R. R., Novinscak A., and Sabaratnam, S. 2021. Characterization of cryptic species of Botrytis associated with fruit rot of highbush blueberry and raspberry in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. BC Regional Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (Virtual), November 9-10, 2021.

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Research facility

6947 Highway 7
PO Box 1000
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A2
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Faculty, Land and Food System, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Faculty, Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • Member, International Society of Horticultural Science
  • Member, Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • Life Member, Society of Agricultural Scientist, Nepal
  • Life Member, Nepalese Society of Horticultural Scientist
  • Life Member,  Nepalese Agricultural Professional of North America

Language

English
French