Ron Knox, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Wheat biotechnology and pathology

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Knox is a plant pathologist and geneticist developing and applying to wheat breeding DNA markers for disease resistance and other important agronomic and grain quality traits.

Research and/or project statements

  • Wheat Cluster: Molecular breeding, doubled haploid production, breeding for disease resistance, marker validation and adoption.
  • ADF/SaskWheat/Genome Prairie/Alberta Wheat: An integrated approach for enhancing Fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat.

Key publications

  1. Sangha et al. (2022). Spectral reflectance indices reveal wheat variety response to heat and drought stress. CSA-CWSS joint meeting, November 14-18, 2022, Halifax, NS

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  2. Sangha J.S., et al. (2021). Physiological responses of doubled haploid wheat lines differing in grain yield under rainfed and irrigated environments. Canadian Society of Plant Biologists annual meeting, 7-10 June 2021, Saskatoon, SK.

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  3. Kumar, S., Fetch, T.G., Knox, R.E., Singh, A.K., Clarke, J.M., Depauw, R.M., Cuthbert, R.D., Campbell, H.L., Singh, D., Bhavani, S., Pozniak, C.J., Meyer, B., Clarke, F.R. (2021). Mapping of Ug99 stem rust resistance in Canadian durum wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 43(4), 599-611. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2020.1843073

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  4. Yao, Z., You, F.M., N'Diaye, A., Knox, R.E., McCartney, C., Hiebert, C.W., Pozniak, C., Xu, W. (2020). Evaluation of variant calling tools for large plant genome re-sequencing. BMC Bioinformatics, [online] 21(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12859-020-03704-1

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  5. Stefani, F., Dupont, S., Laterrière, M., Knox, R., Ruan, Y., Hamel, C., Hijri, M. (2020). Similar Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities in 31 Durum Wheat Cultivars (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum) Under Field Conditions in Eastern Canada. Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 11 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.01206

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  6. Sari, E., Cabral, A.L., Polley, B., Tan, Y., Hsueh, E., Konkin, D.J., Knox, R.E., Ruan, Y., Fobert, P.R. (2019). Weighted gene co-expression network analysis unveils gene networks associated with the Fusarium head blight resistance in tetraploid wheat. BMC Genomics, [online] 20(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-019-6161-8

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  7. Sangha J.S., Knox R.E., Cuthbert R.D., Ruan Y., Berraies S., Soolanayakanahally R.Y. (2019). Leaf stomatal traits, ∆13C grain carbon isotope discrimination, and grain yield of an elite double haploid bread wheat population under different moisture regimes. 1st International Wheat Congress (IWC), July 21-26, 2019, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

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  8. Ruan, Y., Yu, B., Knox, R., Zhang, W., Singh, A.K., Cuthbert, R., Fobert, P., DePauw, R., Berraies, S., Sharpe, A., Fu, B.X., and Sangha, J. 2019. Mapping quantitative trait loci for grain protein concentration in Canadian durum wheat. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  9. Knox, R.E., Bokore, F.E., Cuthbert, R.D., Campbell, H.L., Meyer, B., Pozniak, C.J., Hiebert, C.W., McCartney, C.A., Sharpe, A., Ruan, Y., and DePauw, R.M. 2019. Identification of qtl associated with shattering in two spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) populations using high-density SNP markers. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  10. Zhang, W., Ruan, Y., Knox, R.E., Berraies, S., Campbell, H.L., Ragupathy, R., Boyle, K., Polley, B., Henriquez, M.A., Burt, A., Kumar, S., Cuthbert, R.D., Fobert, P.R., Buerstmayr, H., and DePauw, R. 2019. Genome wide association analysis to characterize Fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  11. Berraies, S., Cuthbert, R., Knox, R.E., Bokore, F., Ruan, Y., Xiao Fu, B., Henriquez, M.A., Burt, A., Kumar, S., Pozniak, C., N’Diaye, A., Sangha, J., and Meyer, B. 2019. Challenges of trait complexes in spring wheat breeding. 1st International Wheat Congress Saskatoon, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  12. Sari, E., Knox, R., Ruan, Y., Konkin, D.J., Berraies, S., Cuthbert, R., Kumar, S., Hsueh, E., Tan, Y., Fobert, P.R., Zhang, W., Cabral, A.L., Campbell, H.L., Meyer, B., and Sidebottom, C.H. 2019. High-density genetic mapping of leaf spot resistance quantitative trait loci in a durum wheat × T. Turgidum ssp. Carthlicum population. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  13. Zhang, W., Yu, B., Hsueh, M., Sidebottom, C., Gao, P., Polley, B., Baumann, A., Lokuruge, P., Konkin, D., Knox, R., Pozniak, C., Cuthbert, R., Ruan, Y., McCallum, B., Henriquez, M.A., K Boyle, K., Fobert, P., and Sharpe, A. 2019. Canadian wheat-nam (cannam): a powerful resource for the wheat research community. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  14. Sari, E., Cabral, A.L., Polley, B., Tan, Y., Konkin, D.J., Hsueh, E., Nilsen, K.T., Walkowiak, S., Haile, J.K., Pozniak, C.J., Ruan, Y., Knox, R.E., and Fobert, P.R. 2019. Insight into candidate Fusarium head blight resistance genes associated with a quantitative trait locus on chromosome 1A of Triticum turgidum ssp. Carthlicum. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  15. Berraies, S., Cuthbert, R., Knox, R.E., Ruan, Y., Henriquez, M.A., Burt, A., Kumar, S., Pozniak, C., N’Diaye, A. 2019. Quantitative trait loci associated with resistance to fusarium head blight in a CDC hughes x AAC concord derived wheat population. 1st International Wheat Congress Saskatoon, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  16. Piché, I., Konkin, D.J., Knox, R., Menzies, J.G., Ruan, Y., Cuthbert, R., Poppy, M., Colenutt, T., and Campbell, H. 2019. Validation of exome capture sequence facilitated marker improvement for ergot resistance screening in durum wheat. 1st International Wheat Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 21-26, 2019.

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  17. Sari, E., Cabral, A.L., Polley, B., Tan, Y., Konkin, D.J., Hsueh, E., Knox, R.E., Ruan, Y., and Fobert, P.R. 2019. Transcriptomic analysis unveils gene networks associated with the Fusarium head blight resistance transferred from Triticum turgidum ssp. carthlicum into durum wheat. International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions XVIII Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, July 14-18, 2019.

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  18. Bokore, F.E., Sharpe, A.G., Sari, E., Boyle, K., Meyer, B., Piche, I., Knox, R., Ruan, Y., Cuthbert, R., and Campbell, H. 2019. Validation and discovery of genetic markers associated with loose smut resistance genes in a durum wheat (Triticum durum L.) doubled haploid population DT676/DT802. Plant Canada 2019, Guelph, ON, Canada, July 07-10, 2019.

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  19. Berraies, S., Ruan, Y., Knox, R.E., Cuthbert, R., and Campbell, H. 2019. Estimating the effect of leaf spot disease complex on grain yield, test weight and thousand kernel weight in a durum wheat population. International Symposium on Cereal Leaf Blights. Dublin, Ireland, May 22-24, 2019.

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  20. Sangha J.S., et al. (2020). Ratio of kernel ∆13C/δ18O improves the selection potential of bread wheat for increased grain yield under different water regimes: A physiological perspective for direct application in wheat breeding. InterDrought VI 2020, 9-13 April 2020, Mexico City. (ID:1253)

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Research facility

1 Airport Road
Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2
Canada

Expertise

Affiliations

  • Member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • Member of the Canadian Society of Agronomy
  • Member of the Prairie Grain Development Committee

Language

English