Martin, Richard A., Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4N6
Telephone: 902-672-6437
Fax: 902-672-6369
Email: richard.martin@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Development of risk reduction strategies for wheat, oats and barley and other field crops to reduce pathogen impact and improve quality and safety of the feed and food crops, with emphasis on fusarium head blight
  • Identification and development of improved resistance to various cereal diseases including among others, net blotch in barley and fusarium head blight in wheat and barley
  • Assessment of integrated pest management techniques, including both biotic and chemical control strategies to reduce severity of disease
  • Basic studies on the epidemiology and pathogenistiy of major cereal pathogens in the Atlantic Region.

Current Projects:

  • Determine factors that affect plant pathogen survival, inoculum production, and disease development in order to develop best practices in integrated pest managemant programs
  • Development of non-chemical and chemical control strategy for integrated disease management of field crops
  • Breeding and evaluation of new barley, wheat and oat cultivars with improved disease resistance, quality and processing opportunities while reducting production risks
  • Assessment of corn, soybeans and oilseeds for disease response relative to agronomic performance

Research Publications:

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

2014

  • Reid, L.M., Zhu, X., Voloaca, C., Wu, J.-H., Woldemariam, T., Martin, R.A., and Beres, B.L. (2014). "CO450 corn inbred line.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 94(1), pp. 161-167. doi : 10.4141/cjps2013-190

2013

  • Beres, B.L., Pozniak, C.J., Bressler, D., Gibreel, A., Eudes, F., Graf, R.J., Randhawa, H.S., Salmon, D.F., McLeod, G.J., Dion, Y., Irvine, R.B., Voldeng, H.D., Martin, R.A., Pageau, D., Comeau, A., DePauw, R.M., Phelps, S.M., and Spaner, D.M. (2013). "A Canadian Ethanol Feedstock Study to Benchmark the Relative Performance of Triticale: II. Grain Quality and Ethanol Production.", Agronomy Journal, 105, pp. 1707-1720. doi : 10.2134/agronj2013.0193
  • Beres, B.L., Pozniak, C.J., Eudes, F., Graf, R.J., Randhawa, H.S., Salmon, D.F., McLeod, G.J., Dion, Y., Irvine, R.B., Voldeng, H.D., Martin, R.A., Pageau, D., Comeau, A., DePauw, R.M., Phelps, S.M., and Spaner, D.M. (2013). "A Canadian Ethanol Feedstock Study to Benchmark the Relative Performance of Triticale: I. Agronomics.", Agronomy Journal, 105, pp. 1695-1706. doi : 10.2134/agronj/2013.0192
  • Choo, T.-M., ter Beek, S.M., Martin, R.A., Rowsell, J., and Frégeau-Reid, J.A. (2013). "AAC Azimuth hulless barley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 93(4), pp. 755-757. doi : 10.4141/CJPS2013-031
  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Fetch Jr., T.G., Haber, S.M., Menzies, J.G., Noll, J.S., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Vigier, B.J., Blackwell, B.A., and Savard, M.E. (2013). "Taylor barley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 93(5), pp. 969-977. doi : 10.4141/cjps2013-126

2011

  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Noll, J.S., Fetch Jr., T.G., Menzies, J.G., Haber, S.M., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., Choo, T.-M., Martin, R.A., Turkington, T.K., Rossnagel, B.G., and Harvey, B.L. (2011). "Norman barley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 91(6), pp. 1105-1113. doi : 10.4141/cjps2010-020

2010

  • Choo, T.-M., ter Beek, S.M., Martin, R.A., and Rowsell, J. (2010). "AC Minoa barley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 90(6), pp. 869-871. doi : 10.4141/CJPS10064
  • Yan, W., Frégeau-Reid, J.A., Pageau, D., Martin, R.A., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Etienne, M., Rowsell, J., Scott, P., Price, M., De Haan, B., Cummiskey, A., Lajeunesse, J., Durand, J., and Sparry, E. (2010). "Identifying essential test locations for oat breeding in eastern Canada.", Crop Science, 50(2), pp. 504-515. doi : 10.2135/cropsci2009.03.0133
  • Yan, W., Frégeau-Reid, J.A., Rioux, S., Pageau, D., Xue, A.G., Martin, R.A., Fedak, G., De Haan, B., Lajeunesse, J., and Savard, M.E. (2010). "Response of Oat Genotypes to Fusarium Head Blight in Eastern Canada.", Crop Science, 50(1), pp. 134-142. doi : 10.2135/cropsci2009.03.0129

2009

  • Choo, T.-M., Martin, R.A., ter Beek, S.M., Caldwell, C.D., Price, M., Rowsell, J., Dion, Y., Rioux, S., and Pageau, D. (2009). "Leader barley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 89(5), pp. 921-924. doi : 10.4141/CJPS08232

Other Science Related Publications:

2012

  • Frégeau-Reid, J.A., Yan, W., Martin, R.A., Cummiskey, A., Pageau, D., Sibbitt, D., De Haan, B., Thomas, S., and Morasse, I. (2012). "Associations among grain yield, groat percentage, and beta-glucan in two oat genetic populations.", 9th International Oat Conference: Harvest for Food and Health, Beijing, China, June 20-23, 2012. (Poster)
  • Gardner, K.M., Wight, C.P., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Yan, W., Ames, N.P., Rossnagel, B.G., Herrmann, M., Molnar, S.J., Frégeau-Reid, J.A., Miller, S.S., Fetch Jr., T.G., Chong, J., Martin, R.A., Tekauz, A., Haber, S.M., Savard, M.E., and Tinker, N.A. (2012). "Prospects of whole genome selection in oat using high throughput genetic markers.", 9th International Oat Conference: Harvest for Food and Health, Beijing, China, June 20-23, 2012. (Poster)
  • Nilsen, K., Randhawa, H.S., McCallum, B.D., McCartney, C., MacLachlan, R., Humphreys, D.G., Martin, R.A., and Pozniak, C.J. (2012). "Application of Illumina 9K iSelect Genotyping Towards Mapping Leaf and Stripe Rust Resistance in the Spring Wheat Cross AC Domain x RL4452.", The Annual General Meeting of Canadian Triticum Advancement through Genomics (CTAG), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 23-24, 2012.
  • Yan, W., Frégeau-Reid, J.A., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Pageau, D., Martin, R.A., Rowsell, J., Beattie, A.D., and Cummiskey, A. (2012). "Breeding for an "ideal" Milling Oat: Challenges and Strategies.", 9th International Oat Conference: Harvest for Food and Health, Beijing, China, June 20-23, 2012.

2011

  • Beattie, A.D., Zhang, X.M., Yajima, W., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Tekauz, A., Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Martin, R.A., Yan, W., Scoles, G.J., and Rossnagel, B.G. (2011). "Real‐time quantitative PCR in oat FHB resistance breeding.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 67.
  • Choo, T.-M., Martin, R.A., Savard, M.E., and Xue, A.G. (2011). "Breeding barley for resistance to Fusarium head blight for Eastern Canada.", 15th International EWAC Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia, November 7-11, 2011, pp. 32.
  • Comeau, A., Langevin, F., Voldeng, H.D., Haber, S.M., Gilbert, J., Randhawa, H.S., Dion, Y., Rioux, S., Eudes, F., Blackwell, B.A., and Martin, R.A. (2011). "One quick solution to FHB problems: the systemic approach.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 72.
  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Blackwell, B.A., and Savard, M.E. (2011). "Development of two‐row malting barley with improved fusarium head blight resistance at Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, Published in: Gilbert, J. and Tekauz, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Canadian Worksop on Fusarium Head Blight, pp. 105.
  • Singh, A.K., Knox, R.E., DePauw, R.M., Clarke, F.R., Martin, R.A., Xue, A.G., Gilbert, J., Brûlé-Babel, A.L., Campbell, H., and Cuthbert, R.D. (2011). "Validation of molecular markers linked to Sumai 3 resistance to DON and FDK in Canadian spring wheat populations.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 106.

2010

  • Choo, T.-M., Martin, R.A., Savard, M.E., and Xue, A.G. (2010). "Fusarium head blight of barley in Eastern Canada.", 11th European Fusarium Seminar: Fusarium - Mycotoxins, Taxonomy, Pathogenicity and Host Resistance, Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR), Radzików, Poland, September 20-23, 2010, Abstract 101.
  • Yajima, W., Zhang, X.M., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Beattie, A.D., Scoles, G.J., and Rossnagel, B.G. (2010). "Detection and Quantification of FHB-causing Fusarium spp. in oat using RT-PCR.", American Oat Workers Conference 2010, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, April 18-21, 2010, pp. 38. (Poster)

2009

  • Choo, T.-M., Martin, R.A., Savard, M.E., and Vigier, B.J. (2009). "Effects of planting date and earliness on the level of DON contamination in barley under natural epidemic conditions.", 6th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Marriott Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2009. (Workshop)
  • Tucker, J.R., Legge, W.G., Richards, K.W., Tekauz, A., Savard, M.E., Vigier, B.J., and Martin, R.A. (2009). "Evaluation of diverse barley accessions with resistance to fusarium head blight.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 31(1), pp. 130. (Abstract)