Laroche, André, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge Alberta, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2224
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: andre.laroche@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cereal functional genomics of biotic and abiotic stress, plant engineering, gene expression analysis, winter hardiness, fungal diseases: snow mould resistance, smut and bunt, stripe and leaf rust, biorefinery, methodology development, DNA marker assisted selection; gene modification, genomic and cDNA clone isolation, proteomic maps, lipid metabolism, winter and spring wheat, tritcale.

Current Projects:

  • Response to abiotic and biotic stress in plant
  • X Triticosecale platform for the production of proteins, biopolymer precursors and oligofructans.
  • Sequence identification of proteins associated with Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance in wheat and barley.
  • FHB mycotoxin detoxification and increased resistance to initial infection in wheat and barley. $423,000.
  • Biotechnology for Increasing Seed Oil content in Canola.

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2011

  • Badea, A., Thurston, G., Simmonds, J.A., Frick, M., and Laroche, A. (2011). "Expression of an endoglucanase enzyme in corn and triticale: an alternative system for improving cellulosic biofuel extraction.", Plant & Animal Genome XIX Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 15-19, 2011, P699, pp. 201. (Poster)
  • Foroud, N.A., Ouellet, T., Ellis, B.E., Jordan, M.C., Laroche, A., and Eudes, A. (2011). "Signalling mechanisms mediating resistance and susceptibility to fusarium head blight in wheat.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 53.
  • Frick, M., Xu, Y., Robert, L.S., Gulick, P., Harris, L.J., Badea, C., Penniket, C., and Laroche, A. (2011). "Transcriptional analyses of plant defense pathway related genes in cereals.", VI International Scientific Seminar on Plant Health and II International Phytoplasma Workshop, Havana, Cuba, September 22-26, 2008, pp. 13.
  • Gaudet, D.A., Randhawa, H.S., Puchalski, B., Frick, M., Goyal, A., Despins, T., Graf, R.J., and Laroche, A. (2011). "Stripe rust resistance among western Canadian wheat and triticale cultivars.", 32nd Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta (PPSA), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 7-9, 2011, pp. 7.
  • Gaudet, D.A., Randhawa, H.S., Puchalski, B., Graf, R.J., Despins, T., and Laroche, A. (2011). "Stripe rust resistance among western Canadian wheat and triticale cultivars.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 82nd Annual Meeting (with Plant Canada 2011), Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Laroche, A., Frick, M., Puchalski, B., Graf, R.J., Randhawa, H.S., and Gaudet, D.A. (2011). "Towards the genome sequencing of Alberta races of Puccinia striiformis, the causal agent of stripe rust.", 32nd Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta (PPSA), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 7-9, 2011, pp. 9.

2010

  • Badea, A., Byun, B.-H., Marshall, K., Frick, M., Laberge, S., Simmonds, J.A., Thurston, G., Tsang, A., Qi, M., McAllister, T.A., Eudes, F., and Laroche, A. (2010). "Expression of biomass-degrading enzymes in triticale: an alternative system for improving cellulosic biofuel extraction.", Cellulosic Biofuel Network (CBN) 2nd Annual General Meeting, Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 11-12, 2010, Poster #92, pp. 51. (Poster)
  • Badea, A., Eudes, F., Laroche, A., Frick, M., Amundsen, E.J., Puchalski, B., and Misra, S. (2010). "Expression of 10R and MsrA2 antimicrobial peptides enhances FHB resistance in wheat transgenic lines.", 31st Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, October 12-14, 2010. (Presentation)
  • Foroud, N.A., Ellis, B.E., Ouellet, T., Friedt, J., Oosterveen, B., Jordan, M.C., Laroche, A., and Eudes, F. (2010). "Investigating the molecular mechanisms of fusarium head blight resistance in wheat.", 31st Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, October 12-14, 2010. (Presentation)
  • Xu, Y., Frick, M., Thomas, D.K., and Laroche, A. (2010). "454 Sequencing reveal the transcriptional activities of cell wall related genes in triticale.", Cellulosic Biofuel Network (CBN) 2nd Annual General Meeting, Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 11-12, 2010, Poster #63, pp. 45. (Poster)
  • Xu, Y., Frick, M., Thomas, D.K., and Laroche, A. (2010). "Grass genomes guide prediction of wheat full length cDNA for transcriptome sequencing analysis.", Cellulosic Biofuel Network (CBN) 2nd Annual General Meeting, Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 11-12, 2010, Poster #71, pp. 47. (Poster)

2009

  • Badea, A., Eudes, F., Laroche, A., Salmon, D.F., Tuvesson, S., Larsson, C.-T., Vrolijik, A., and Kilian, A. (2009). "Diversity arrays technology (DArT): a high-throughput genomic tool for analyzing the complex triticale genome.", 7th International Triticale Symposium, 2009 CIMMYT, Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México, March 23-26, 2009. (Poster)
  • Badea, A., Xu, Y., Eudes, F., Nilsson, D., Frick, M., and Laroche, A. (2009). "Cereals for cellulosic ethanol: modification of cell walls.", Cellulosic Biofuel Network (CBioN) 1st Annual General Meeting, Montréal, QC, Canada, March 27-28, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Beres, B.L., Eudes, F., Graf, R.J., Salmon, D.F., McLeod, G.J., Dion, Y., Lu, J., Randhawa, H.S., Laroche, A., and Gaudet, D.A. (2009). "A Pan-Canadian ethanol feedstock study to benchmark the relative performance of triticale.", Canadian Triticale Biorefinery Initiative (CTBI) Annual Network Meeting, Summerland, BC, Canada, June 17-19, 2009. (Poster)
  • Foroud, N.A., Jordan, M.C., Laroche, A., Ellis, B.E., and Eudes, F. (2009). "Transcript profiling of fusarium head blight-infected spikes reveals different mechanisms of resistance in wheat.", 14th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Centre des congrès de Québec, Québec City, QC, Canada, July 19-23, 2009.