Xiben Wang

Image Xiben Wang
Research Scientist

Conducting research on the management of Fusarium head blight and leaf spot disease on barley and oat cultivars

Current research and/or projects

  • Improve Fusarium Head Blight resistance in Canadian cereals

  • Characterize Fusarium species affecting cereals in western Canada

  • Determine the incidence and severity of major fungal disease on cereals to monitor existing and emerging issues

  • Determine major pest populations affecting Canadian cereal cropping system

  • Develop strategies to manage biotic risks in cereal production systems

Professional activities / interests

Host resistance to fungal diseases

Host pathogen interaction



Education and awards

Ph. D. 2005. University of Manitoba

M. Sc. 2000. McGill University 

B. Sc. 1995. Nanjing Agricultural University

International experience and/or work

Research Scientist (CRC AAFC)                  2014-Present

Postdoctoral Fellow (Trent University)           2011-2014

Postdoctoral Fellow (CRC AAFC)                  2008-2011

Key publications

  1. 71st Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics,

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Srinivas Sura, Micaela Gray, Jules Carlson, Xiben Wang, Maria Antonia Henriquez, Analytical method for multimycotoxin analysis in cereal grains using an Orbitrap Tribrid Mass Spectrometer, Poster Presentation, American Society of Mass Spectrometry, held in Houston, TX, USA, Jun 4-8, 2023.

    2023 - View publication details

  3. Response of Barley and Oat Genotypes to Fusarium Pathogens and Associated
    Meconnen Beyene, Mitali Banik, Srinivas Sura and Xiben Wang
    Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, Morden Research and Development Centre, 101 route 100, Morden,
    Manitoba, R6M 1Y5, CANADA
    Corresponding Author: Xiben Wang, Xiben.wang@agr.gc.ca

    2022 - View publication details

  4. M.N. Islam, M. Banik, S. Sura, J. Tucker and X. Wang. Implications of crop rotation and fungicide on the Fusarium and mycotoxin spectra in Manitoba barley 2017-2019. 2022 annual meeting of Canadian phytopathological society (virtual), July 4-8, 2022.

    2022 - View publication details

  5. Fungicide Sensitivity Towards the Predominant Pathogen Species of Fusarium
    Head Blight in Cereals from Manitoba, Western Canada
    M. Nazrul Islam and Xiben Wang
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Morden Research and Development Centre, 101 Route 100,
    Morden, Manitoba, R6M 1Y5, Canada
    Corresponding Author: M. Nazrul Islam, naz.islam@agr.gc.ca

    2021 - View publication details

  6. Islam, M. N., Tabassum, M., Sura S., Anne K., Kaminski, D., and Wang, X. (2021) Levels of mycotoxins in barley grains as infected by Fusarium head blight species in Manitoba, Canada from 2017 to 2020, Tri-Society Virtual Conference, July 5-9.

    2021 - View publication details

  7. Islam, M. N., Mourita, T., Oghenekaro, A.O., Kutcher, H. R., Harris, L.J., Overy, D. P., Turkington, T. K., Xu, W., and Wang, X. (2021) Genotyping by sequencing analysis of Fusarium poae field populations affecting small grain cereals in Canada, Tri-Society Virtual Conference, July 5-9 (oral).

    2021 - View publication details

  8. Islam, M.N., Tabassum, M., Banik, M., Daayf, F., Fernando, W.G.D., Harris, L.J., Sura, S., and Wang, X. (2021) Mycotoxin and Fusarium species genotype and chemotype from Manitoba oat farms (2016 to 2018) - The impact of geographical location and crop rotation. 15 European Fusarium Seminar, May 31 – June 1, Virtual Conference via Zoom (oral).

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  9. Bykova NV, Rampitsch C, McCallum B, Bakkeren G, Wang X, Huang M, Fernando U, Radovanovic N, Rampitsch M, Linning R (2021) Profiling the total and nuclear proteomes of host-pathogen interactions of the wheat Thatcher near-isogenic line for Lr2a resistance gene with virulent and avirulent races of Puccinia triticina. 4th International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) Conference. Virtual Conference hosted from Winnipeg, Canada, March 9-11, 2021. Poster http://www.inppo2020.org/

    2021 - View publication details

  10. Proceedings of the 2020 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum

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  11. Oghenekaro, A. Cholango-Martinez, P., Oviedo-Ludena, M., Harding, M., Wang, X., Kutcher, R., and Fernando, W. D. (2020) Genetic structure and mycotoxin profile of Fusarium graminearum populations from Canada and the northeastern United States. National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, Dec 7-11, Virtual meeting via Zoom (poster).

    2020 - View publication details

  12. Wang, X., Che, M.Z., Khalil, H.B., McCallum, B.D., Bakkeren, G., Rampitsch, C., Saville, B.J. (2020). The role of reactive oxygen species in the virulence of wheat leaf rust fungus Puccinia triticina. Environmental Microbiology, [online] 22(7), 2956-2967. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15063

    2020 - View publication details

  13. Rampitsch, C., Huang, M., Djuric-Cignaovic, S., Wang, X., Fernando, U. (2019). Temporal Quantitative Changes in the Resistant and Susceptible Wheat Leaf Apoplastic Proteome During Infection by Wheat Leaf Rust (Puccinia triticina). Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 10 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01291

    2019 - View publication details

  14. Banik, M., Beyene, M., and Wang, X. (2019). Fusarium head blight of oat in Manitoba – 2018. Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 99, pp. 82-83.

    2019 - View publication details

  15. Banik, M., Beyene, M., and Wang, X. (2019). Barley and oat leaf spot diseases in Manitoba – 2018. Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 99, pp. 89-91.

    2019 - View publication details

  16. Mourita Tabassum, Mitali Banik and Xiben Wang. (2018). Response of oat grains to Fusarium infection and mycotoxin contamination. National Fusarium head blight forum, St. Louis, MO, United States, Dec 2-4, 2018.

    2018 - View publication details

  17. Mourita Tabassum, Mitali Banik, Meconnen Beyene, Fouad Daayf, Xiben Wang. (2018). The Prevalence of Fusarium species in FHB Disease Complex and Genetic Diversity of Fusarium Poae in commercial oat fields of Manitoba. 9th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium (CWS). Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nov 19-22, 2018.

    2018 - View publication details

  18. Mitali, B., Beyene, B. and Wang, X. (2018). Fitness of Three Fusarium Pathogens on Oat Genotypes with different levels of resistance to Fusarium Head Blight. 9th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium (CWS). Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nov 19-22, 2018.

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  19. Rampitsch C, Bykova NV, Wang X, Huang M, Djuric-Ciganovic S (2018) Candidate Effector Proteome of the apoplastic space of wheat leaves infected with leaf rust (Puccinia triticina). 3rd International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) World Congress. Padova, Italy, September 9-12, 2018. Oral presentation

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  20. Henriquez, M.A., Humphreys, G., McCallum, B.D., Randhawa, H.S., Fetch, T., Fetch, J.M., Wang, X., Belmonte, M.F., McCartney, C.A., Kang-Choi, M. 2018. Integrated genomics, plant pathology and breeding research for improvement of Fusarium head blight, leaf rust and stripe rust resistance in Canadian cereals. Canadian Phytopathological Society Meeting. Quebec, June 17-20, 2018.

    2018 - View publication details

Research facility

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5



  • Member, Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • Member, American Phytopathological Society
  • Secretary/Member, Prairie Grain Development Committee
  • Secretary/Member, Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley DET (PRCOB-DET)
  • Member International Cooperation Committee, Canadian Phytopathological Society