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. Prasad, R. and Burlakoti, R. R. 2019. Alternaria Management in Cabbage. Invited oral presentation at Horticultural Grower’s Short Course, Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association together with Pacific Agriculture Show. January 24-26, 2019.

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  2. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Pathogen population dynamics: insight into biology and management of crop diseases. Guest Seminar, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia. September 25, 2018

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  3. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Plant pathology program highlights. Presented in Raspberry Field Day, July 13, 2018, Abbotsford, BC, organized by Raspberry Industry Development Council.

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  4. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Diseases of Horticultural Crops in Fraser Valley. Presented at Agassiz Research and Development Center’s open house held on July 2, 2018 in Agassiz, BC

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  5. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Introduction to plant pathology program to Agassiz Research and Development Centre, AAFC. Presented in BC Blueberry Council Field Day, May 23, 2018.

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  6. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Dickeya rot of potato. In: Kabaluk, T. and Frey, L (Eds.) Proceedings of the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association 60th Horticultural Growers Short Course. Abbotsford, BC, January 25-27, 2018. ISSN 2560-7561.

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  7. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Downy and powdery mildew of Hop. In: Kabaluk, T. and Frey, L (Eds.) Proceedings of the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association 60th Horticultural Growers Short Course. Abbotsford, BC, January 25-27, 2018. ISSN 2560-7561.

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  8. Burlakoti R. R. and Prasad R. 2018. Cole crop foliar diseases. In: Kabaluk, T. and Frey, L (Eds.) Proceedings of the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association 60th Horticultural Growers’ Short Course. Abbotsford, BC, January 25-27, 2018. ISSN 2560-7561.

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  9. Burlakoti R. R., Prasad R., and Benn, A. 2018. Cole crop foliar diseases. Presented at 2018 Horticultural Growers’ Short Course organized by Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Centre. Abbotsford, BC January 25-27, 2018

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  10. Burlakoti, R. R. 2018. Dickeya rot of potato. Invited oral presentation at Horticultural Growers Short Course, Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association together with Pacific Agriculture Show. January 25-27, 2018.

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  11. Burlakoti, R. R., Prasad, R., and Benn, A. 2018. Invited oral presentation. Foliar diseases of Cole crops. Horticultural Growers Short Course, Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association together with Pacific Agriculture Show. January 25-27, 2018

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  12. Burlakoti, R. R. 2017. My Journey in Plant Pathology: Small grains to small fruits. Seminar given to Summerland Research and Development Centre, June 22, 2017.

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  13. Gyawali, S., Neate, S.M., Adhikari, T.B., Puri, K.D., Burlakoti, R.R., Zhong, S. (2012). Genetic Structure of Cochliobolus sativus Populations Sampled from Roots and Leaves of Barley and Wheat in North Dakota, 160(11-12), 637-646. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0434.2012.01956.x

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  14. Burlakoti, R.R., Lynch, D., Halde, C., Beach, T., Dahal, S., Debnath, S.C. (2012). Organic agriculture project in Nepal: An international twinning partnership program initiative, 92(6), 997-1003. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2011-198

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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