Tambong, James, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-715-5398 (office)
Fax: 613-759-1701
Email: james.tambong@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Invasive/quarantine bacterial plant pathogens
  • Genomics of phytobacteria
  • Metagenomics
  • Bacterial taxonomy
  • Molecular detection of phytobacterial pathogens
  • Bacterial biodiversity in soil health and agricultural sustainability
  • Beneficial and pathogenic bacteria of cereals and pulses
  • Biopesticides (Bioresources)

Current Projects:

  • Monitoring an invasive bacterial pathogen (Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis) of corn using next-generation sequencing
  • Mycology and bacteriology biosystematics – Filling gaps in agricultural fungal and bacterial biodiversity
  • Next-generation sequencing – genomics and metagenomics of quarantine fungal and bacterial crop pathogens
  • Development of identification and analysis tools for amplicon-based metagenomics, focusing on high-risk and regulated pathogens

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, MB, Canada
  • Member, Advisory committee, Baccalaureate in Applied Biotechnology, La Cité Collégiale, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Section Editor, Bacteria and Phytoplasmas,Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
  • Member, American Phytopathological Society (Former Chair, Tropical Plant Pathology Committee)
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM online Minority Mentoring Awardee, 2011)
  • Member, Canadian Phytopathological Society

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:

2017

  • Shumilak, A., Soliman, A., Adam, L.R., Tambong, J.T., Reid, L.M., Daayf, F. 2017. Investigating Defense Genes in Susceptible and Tolerant Inbred lines of Corn (Zea mays L.) during Infection by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp nebraskensis, the causal agent of Goss’s Wilt. 70th Northeast Corn Improvement Conference, Ottawa, ON, Feb 21-22, 2017. Oral presentation.
  • Shumilak, A., Soliman, A., Adam, L.R., Tambong, J.T., Reid, L.M., and Daayf, F. 2016. Exploring the interaction of susceptible and tolerant in inbred lines of corn (Zea mays L.) to with Clavibacter michiganensis subsp nebraskensis, the causal agent of Goss’s wilt. Manitoba Agronomy Conference, Dec. 15-16, Winnipeg, MB.

2016

  • Caetanie Tchagang, Renlin Xu and James T. Tambong (2016) Genome sequencing and analysis of two novel Pseudomonas strains, antagonistic to Rhizoctonia solani. Canadian Phytopathological Society-Eastern Ontario Regional Meeting, Ottawa, November 18. Published abstracts.
  • James T. Tambong (2016) Goss’s Bacterial Wilt Pathogen: from genome sequencing to a diagnostic application. Invited talk. CFIA Plant Research Seminar Series, March 16, 2016.
  • Sanni Hsieh, Renlin Xu, Tyler J. Avis and James T. Tambong (2016) Genome analysis and pathogenicity of a new potential biothreat, Pantoea allii, to onion production.2016 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society Moncton, NB. June 12-15, 2016. Published Abstract.
  • Sean Li, James Tambong, Kat (Xiaoli) Yuan, H. Xu and Solke H. De Boer (2016)Re-classification of Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies into multiple new species. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society Moncton, NB. June 12-15, 2016. Abstract.
  • Shumila A., A. Soliman, L. Adam, J. T. Tambong, L. Reid and F. Daayf (2016) Exploring the interaction of susceptible and tolerant Inbred lines of Corn (Zea mays L.) with Clavibacter michiganensis subsp nebraskensis, the causal agent of Goss’s Wilt. 2016 Manitoba Agronomists's conference Winnipeg, December 15-16, 2016.

2015

  • Khan, I.U.H., Topp, E., Chen, W., Lapen, D.R., Lévesque, C.A., Pintar, K.D.M., Tambong, J.T., Talbot, G., and Wilkes, G.A. (2015). "Assessment of Zoonotic Pathogens in Agroecosystem.", Biodiversity, Bioresources and Collection Science Day, Ottawa Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 1-2, 2015. (Presentation)
  • 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)

2014

  • Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Lévesque, C.A., Edge, T.A., Tambong, J.T., Talbot, G., and Wilkes, G.A. (2014). "Quantitative Detection and Identification of Arcobacter, Campylobacter and Helicobacter Species in a Canadian Agricultural Watershed.", XVIth International Congress of Virology - International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS 2014), July 27 - August 1, 2014, Montréal, Québec, Canada, July 27-August 1, 2014.
  • Li, X., Yuan, K., Nie, J., Adam, Z., Tambong, J.T., Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., De Boer, S.H., and Lévesque, C.A. (2014). "Comparative Genomics Approaches for Detection and Identification of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 bv 2.", 13th International Conference of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, Shanghai, China, June 8-13, 2014, Oral presentation. (Abstract)
  • Tambong, J.T., Adam, Z., Lewis, C.T., Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Khan, I.U.H., Bromfield, E.S.P., and Xu, R. (2014). "Comparative genomics of Pantoeastewartii subspecies and development of a TaqManReal-Time PCR assay for specific detection of P. stewartii subsp.stewartii.", 13th International Conference of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, Shanghai, China, June 8-13, 2014, pp. 34. (Abstract)
  • Yuan, K., Li, X., Adam, Z., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., and De Boer, S.H. (2014). "Comparative genomics for re-classification of Pectobacterium wasabiae.", 3rd International Workshop on Erwinia, Shanghai, China, June 8-13, 2014, pp. 27-28. (Abstract)
  • Yuan, K., Li, X., Adam, Z., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Lewis, C.T., and De Boer, S.H. (2014). "Draft genome sequence of Pectobacterium wasabiae strain CFIA1002.", 3rd International Workshop on Erwinia, Shanghai, China, June 8-13, 2014.

2013

  • Kaneza, C.A., Whiteduck-Leveillee, K., Whiteduck-Leveillee, J., Laprade, N., Topp, E., Guylaine, T., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Identification and detection of Arcobacter spp. from water and fecal matter using genus- and species-specific PCR assays.", La Cité Collégiale, Ottawa, ON, Canada, April 26, 2013. (Poster)
  • Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Edge, T.A., Schellhorn, H.E., Gupta, R.S., Laprade, N., Topp, E., Guylaine, T., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Wilkes, G.A., Nowak, E.K., and Hill, S. (2013). "A comparative study on the prevalence of thermophilic Campylobacter spp. In agricultural and recreational waters.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 63rd Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013.
  • Léveillée, K., Laprade, N., Léveillée, W.J., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Talbot, G., Wilkes, G.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Antimicrobial resistance profiling of Arcobacter butzleri isolates from faecal sources and an agricultural watershed.", 63rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013, Abstract AE87.
  • Léveillée, W.J., Kaneza, C.A., Léveillée, K., Talbot, G., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Optimization of a genus-specific PCR assay and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis for rapid detection.", 63rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013, Abstract AE88.
  • Léveillée, W.J., Kaneza, C.A., Léveillée, K., Talbot, G., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Optimization of multiplex PCR assays for the detection of virulence genes in Arcobacter species isolated from fecal samples.", 63rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013, Abstract AE86.
  • Whiteduck-Leveillee, J., Whiteduck-Leveillee, K., Kaneza, C.A., Cloutier, M., Laprade, N., Topp, E., Guylaine, T., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Multiplex PCR assay for the detection and identification of virulent genes in Arcobacter species.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 63rd Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013.
  • Whiteduck-Leveillee, K., Whiteduck-Leveillee, J., Kaneza, C.A., Laprade, N., Topp, E., Guylaine, T., Lapen, D.R., Tambong, J.T., Lévesque, C.A., and Khan, I.U.H. (2013). "Development of genus-specific PCR assay for rapid identification of Arcobacter species: Optimization of PCR Primers and Conditions, and Restriction Pattern Analysis.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 63rd Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 17-20, 2013.

2011

  • Kaneza, C.A., Tambong, J.T., and Xu, R. (2011). "L’Étude de la Phylogénie Moléculaire des souches de Pantoea stewartii.", COOP training, La Cité Collégiale, Ottawa, ON, Canada, September 2011. (Presentation)
  • Tambong, J.T. (2011). "Molecular Phylogeny: Methods and a case study of the genus Pseudomonas.", La Cite Collegiale, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 22, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Tambong, J.T. and Xu, R. (2011). "Specificity and Sensitivity of a TaqMan real-time PCR assay for detection of several pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.

2009

  • Bromfield, E.S.P., Tambong, J.T., Cloutier, S., Prévost, D., Laguerre, G., van Berkum, P., Van Tran Thi, T., Assabgui, R., and Barran, L.R. (2009). "Novel bacterial genotypes isolated from nodules of Medicago sativa and Melilotus alba at a Canadian site without a history of legume cultivation.", 3rd Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2009), Gothenburg Convention Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 28-July 2, 2009, pp. 451. (Abstract)
  • Tambong, J.T., Xu, R., and Bromfield, E.S.P. (2009). "Culture-Independent Analyses of Pseudomonas community structures in soils under Different Agricultural Regimes by DGGE and PCR-based Cloning.", 3rd Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2009), Gothenburg Convention Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 28-July 2, 2009, pp. 553. (Abstract)
  • Zhang, J.X., Xue, A.G., and Tambong, J.T. (2009). "Evaluation of Bacillus subtilis strains for biocontrol of soybean root rots caused by Fusarium oxysporum and F. graminearum.", VIII World Soybean Research Conference, Beijing, China, August 10-15, 2009, pp. 162.
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