Recent Research Projects

Deciphering the molecular basis of organ-specificity in plant-microbe interactions

2015/16-2019/20 • $140,000 • PI
Coevolution between plants and pathogens has culminated in intricate patterns where pathogens can have a narrow or wide host range. This evolutionary paradigm of host specialization also holds true for organ-specific infection processes. However, it remains elusive why some pathogens prefer a...

Characterization and selection of advanced potato varieties with multiple resistance genes against late blight

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
Semences Élites du Québec Inc. is a producer of elite seed potatoes located in a protected area. As such, potatolate blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, represent a constant threat that they must keep under control inorder to keep their certification. Potato late blight is usually...

Development of molecular tools for the identification of powdery mildew-resistant Cannabis sativa strains through a genomics-based approach

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
OrganiGram is one of ~15 licensed producers of medical marijuana under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). As for any agricultural crop, plant diseases play a major limiting role in Cannabis production, for which OrganiGram is looking for control methods. Control of plant...