Seifert, Keith, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1378
Fax: 613-759-1701
Email: keith.seifert@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxonomy, phylogeny and identification of moulds;
  • Mycotoxigenic fungi;
  • Fusarium;
  • Penicillium;
  • DNA sequencing and molecular detection and quantification of fungi in agricultural ecosystems;
  • Application of fungal taxonomy to genomics, crop breeding and plant pathology;
  • Identification of moulds from agricultural settings, food, soil, and the human environment;

Current Projects:

  • Fungi: Develop new information on taxonomy, phylogeny, distribution and biology of fungi, including systematic research related to biosecurity/alien invasive species as well as species involved in the development of bioproducts
  • Build and maintain reference collections and databases of plants and fungi: AAFC Vascular Plant Herbarium (DAO) and National Mycological Herbarium (DAOM). Support for Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures (CCFC).
  • Development of phylogenomics capability, rapid detection and identification tools.
  • Accurate identification, information and related training for scientific research and biodiversity protection.

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Biology
  • Chair, International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi
  • Member of editorial board, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
  • Member of editorial board, CBS Biodiversity Series
  • Member of editorial board, Mycoscience
  • Member of editorial board, Studies in Mycology
  • Member of editorial board, Sydowia
  • Member of International Commission on Penicillium and Aspergillus
  • Member of International Commission on Fusarium Systematics

Research Publications:

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

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2015

  • Chen, W., Redhead, S.A., Seifert, K.A., Xiong, K., Hambleton, S., and Lévesque, C.A. (2015). "Fungal pathogen surveillance using metagenomics approach requires one fungus one name.", XVIII International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC), Free University Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Berlin, Germany, August 24-27, 2015.
  • Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Adam, Z., Bilodeau, G.J., Cullis, J., Demeke, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Gagnon, M., Graefenhan, T., Kawchuk, L.M., Khan, I.U.H., Lewis, C.T., Li, X., Links, M.G., Mimee, B., Rott, M., Tambong, J.T., Topp, E., Yu, Q., and Yuan, K. (2015). Project CRTI 09-462RD - Next generation sequencing, direct detection and genotyping of fungi, bacteria and nematodes in the agri-food system. DRDC-RDDC-2015-C148. Final Close-Out Report. (Report)
  • Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Adam, Z., Bilodeau, G.J., Cullis, J., Demeke, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Gagnon, M., Graefenhan, T., Kawchuk, L.M., Khan, I.U.H., Lewis, C.T., Li, X., Links, M.G., Mimee, B., Rott, M., Tambong, J.T., Yu, Q., and Yuan, K. (2015). Project CRTI 09-462RD - Next generation sequencing, direct detection and genotyping of fungi, bacteria and nematodes in the agri-food system. Final Report. 54. http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc195/p802330_A1b.pdf. (Report)
  • Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., and Graefenhan, T. (2015). "Environmental Sequencing – A New Frontier for Species Identification.", The First National Science Day of the Science and Technology Branch of AAFC, Horticulture Research and Development Centre (HRDC), St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada, July 9, 2015. (Presentation)
  • Lowe, C., Zahariev, M., Liu, M., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Lévesque, C.A., and Chen, W. (2015). "Computational pipeline to improve detection accuracy of plant pathogens from NGS datasets using signature oligonucleotides.", American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, USA, August 1-5, 2015. (Poster)

2014

  • Sumarah, M.W., Qi, T., Miller, J.D., and Seifert, K.A. (2014). "Study of black Aspergilli from Canadian vineyards and the associated risk of ochratoxin A and fumonisin contamination of wine.", 8th Conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum, Vienna, Austria, November 2014. (Poster)

2013

  • Minnis, A.M., Seifert, K.A., Redhead, S.A., and Halling, R.E. (2013). "Nomenclatural Procedures FAQ (ICN Melbourne Code): Help and Checklist for authors. Mycological Society of America, http://www.mycologia.org/site/misc/FAQvers2.xhtml".
  • Seifert, K.A. (2013). "Searching for the cure in Saranac Lake.", published in the microbe.net site (blog posts) http://microbe.net/2013/10/07/searching-for-the-cure-in-saranac-lake/.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2013). "Walking in the footsteps of van Leeuwenhoek (part 1).", published in the microbe.net site (guest posts). http://microbe.net/2013/05/01/guest-post-from-keith-seifert-walking-in-the-footsteps-of-van-leeuwenhoek-part-1/.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2013). "Walking in the footsteps of van Leeuwenhoek (part 2).", published in the microbe.net site (guest posts) http://microbe.net/2013/06/18/guest-post-from-keith-seifert-walking-in-the-footsteps-of-van-leeuwenhoek-part-2/.
  • Spotts, R.A., Lévesque, A., Lévesque, C.A., and Seifert, K.A. (2013). "Neofabraea kienholzii (Seifert, Spotts & Lévesque) Spotts, Lévesque & Seifert.", Index Fungorum, 28(1).

2012

  • Barasubiye, T., Seifert, K.A., and Lévesque, C.A. (2012). "The National fungal identification service at ECORC_challenges and opportunities.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 83rd Annual Meeting and International PPV Meeting, Marriott Gateway On The Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 24-27, 2012, Published in: Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology / Revue canadienne de phytopathologie, 35(1), pp. 102.
  • Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., Chapados, J.T., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Temple, K., Biernacka-Larocque, A., Robleh Djama, Z., and Lévesque, C.A. (2012). "Canada-wide spore-trapping network provides effective monitoring of microbial phytopathogens in air and rain samples.", Annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, Providence, RI, USA, August 4-8, 2012, In: Phytopathology 102: S4.22.
  • De Beer, Z.W., Seifert, K.A., and Wingfield, M.J. (2012). "The impacts of 1F:1N on the Ophiostomatales (Sordariomycetes, Ascomycota).", Inoculum, 63(3), pp. 15.
  • Lévesque, C.A., Bilkhu, S., Chapados, J.T., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Lewis, C.T., Oliver, K., and Seifert, K.A. (2012). "AeroNet: A Canadian spore trapping network monitoring fungi and bacteria with DNA barcodes and next generation sequencing.", The Role of Genomics & Bioinformatics in Protecting Canadians from Microbial Food Safety Risks Workshop, Southway Hotel and Conference Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 21-22, 2012, Invited oral presentation.
  • Nguyen, H.D.T., Nickerson, N.L., and Seifert, K.A. (2012). "Basidioascus: a new lineage of heat resistant and xerotolerant basidiomycete.", Inoculum, 63(3), pp. 35.
  • Schoch, C.L. and Seifert, K.A. (2012). "Reply to Kiss: Internal transcribed spacer (ITS) remains the best candidate as a universal DNA barcode marker for Fungi despite imperfections.", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 109(27), pp. E1812.
  • Seifert, K.A. and Miller, A.N. (2012). "Subcommissions, working groups, and protected lists.", Inoculum, 36(3), pp. 44.
  • Seifert, K.A., Graefenhan, T., Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., Bilkhu, S., Chapados, J.T., Hambleton, S., and Lévesque, C.A. (2012). "Prospects for using quantitative PCR and metagenomics to detect mycotoxigenic fungi without culturing.", MycoRed International Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 2012.
  • Tesfaendrias, M.T., McDonald, M.R., Macdonald, M.M., Peters, R.D., Barasubiye, T., and Seifert, K.A. (2012). "Fusarium root rot and crown rot of carrots in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 83rd Annual Meeting and International PPV Meeting, Marriott Gateway On The Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 24-27, 2012, Published in: Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology / Revue canadienne de phytopathologie, 35(1), pp. 127.

2011

  • Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., Chapados, J.T., Bilkhu, S., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., and Lévesque, C.A. (2011). "Aerobiota diversity in Canada’s air: Mining the metagenomic data.", Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Spring Workshop in Mycology, Peterborough, ON, Canada, May 7-8, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Gräfenhan, T., Seifert, K.A., and Clear, R.M. (2011). "Genetic diversity of Fusarium on grains: Changing species concepts and their impact on molecular diagnostics.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 58.
  • Lévesque, C.A., Bilkhu, S., Chapados, J.T., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Lewis, C.T., Oliver, K., and Seifert, K.A. (2011). "AeroNet: A Canadian spore trapping network monitoring fungi and bacteria with DNA barcodes and next generation sequencing.", iBOL-Canada: The future of DNA Barcoding in Canada, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 29-May 1, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Minnis, A.M., Redhead, S.A., Seifert, K.A., and Halling, R.E. (2011). "2012 Nomenclatural Procedures FAQ: Help and Checklist for Authors.", published in Mycologia (Web Page), Mycological Society of America, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Redhead, S.A., Norvell, L.L., Seifert, K.A., and Miller, A.N. (2011). "International meetings planned to discuss fungal nomenclature.", IMA Fungus, 2(2), pp. 44-45.
  • Rossman, A.Y. and Seifert, K.A. (2011). "Phylogenetic revision of taxonomic concepts in the Hypocreales and other Ascomycota - A tribute to Gary J. Samuels (Preface).", Studies in Mycology, 68(1), pp. 6-10.
  • Rossman, A.Y. and Seifert, K.A. (Eds.) (2011). Studies in Mycology 68 (1): Phylogenetic revision of taxonomic concepts in the Hypocreales and other Ascomycota - A tribute to Gary J. Samuels., CBS Publisher, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), The Netherlands.
  • Schoch, C.L., Seifert, K.A., Spouge, J.L., Robert, V.A., Bolchacova, E., and Crous, P.W. (2011). "An official barcode for fungi.", 4th International Barcode of Life Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, November 28-December 3, 2011.
  • Schoch, C.L., Seifert, K.A., and Crous, P.W. (2011). "Progress on DNA Barcoding of Fungi.", IMA Fungus, 2(1), pp. 5-6.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2011). "Do we need a Canadian Mycological Association?", Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Spring Workshop in Mycology, Peterborough, ON, Canada, May 7-8, 2011.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2011). "In Memoriam: John William (“Bill”) Carmichael (1927–2011).", IMA Fungus, 2(1), pp. 12.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2011). "Real moulds and virtual moulds: On the farm, in the forest, and in the home.", Carleton University, Department of Biology, Ottawa, ON, Canada, October 2011. (Presentation)
  • Seifert, K.A. (2011). "The IMA Gavel.", IMA Fungus, 2(1), pp. 29.
  • Seifert, K.A. (2011). "The mould in your closet.", Toronto Mycological Association, Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2011. (Presentation)
  • Seifert, K.A. and Miller, A.N. (2011). "International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi: Roadmap to 2014.", IMA Fungus, 2(1), pp. 26.
  • Seifert, K.A., Gräfenhan, T., Hodge, K.T., Summerell, B.A., Degawa, Y., and McFadden-Smith, W. (2011). "The International Tree Slime Project.", 4th International Barcode of Life Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, November 28-December 3, 2011. (Poster)
  • Seifert, K.A., Gräfenhan, T., Schroers, H.-J., and Nirenberg, H.I. (2011). "Fusarium divided: New generic concepts and experiments with single name nomenclature.", Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS) and International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF) Symposium: One Fungus = One Name, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 19-20, 2011.
  • Seifert, K.A., Mwange, K.N., Whiteside, D.P., Visagie, C.M., Samson, R.A., Meijer, M., Amend, A.S., and Bruns, T.D. (2011). "IMBOL: The Indoor Mycota Barcode of Life.", 4th International Barcode of Life Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, November 28-December 3, 2011.

2009

  • Al-Mughrabi, K.I., Peters, R.D., Howard, R.J., Grant, L., Barasubiye, T., Seifert, K.A., Shoemaker, R.A., Lynch, K., Poirier, R., Vikram, A., Drake, K.A., MacDonald, I.K., and Lisowski, S.L.I. (2009). "Management of silver scurf and fusarium dry rot of potatoes in storage using BIO-Save 10LP and Bio-Save 11LP (Pseudomonas syringae).", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 31(1), pp. 117-118. (Abstract)
  • Lévesque, C.A., Seifert, K.A., Babcock, C., Bissett, J.D., Hambleton, S., Lewis, C.T., Redhead, S.A., Brière, S.C., Côté, M.J., and Hamelin, R.C. (2009). "CRTI-04-0045RD - Development of collections, reference/DNA databases and detection systems to counter bioterrorism against agriculture and forestry.", 7th Annual CRTI Summer Symposium 2009, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 16-18, 2009, pp. 10-11.
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