Topp, Edward, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

1391 Sandford St
London, Ontario N5V 4T3
Telephone: 519-457-1470 (235)
Fax: 519-457-3997
Email: ed.topp@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • hormones
  • escherichia coli
  • environment
  • antibiotics
  • swine
  • soils
  • poultry
  • water quality
  • biosolids
  • soybeans
  • corn
  • manure

Current Projects:

  • Assessment and management of biological and chemical contaminants carried in livestock and poultry manure. [GAPS]
  • Develop indicators to assess soil suitability to receive organic residues, based on soil nutrient characteristics, agronomic needs, and soil biological, chemical and physical quality.
  • Develop new and improved handling and application practices and technologies to enhance nutrient use efficiency and reduce the environmental and health risks from organic residues.
  • Develop new treatment technologies for organic wastes to enhance their economic value, conserve nitrogen and reduce phosphorus content, and minimize the environmental and health risks of the product.
  • Improved understanding of the forms and fates of phosphorus in composts and development of compost BMPs for horticultural crops [GAPS]
  • Increase understanding of the fundamental processes determining the on-farm fate of pathogens, organic contaminants, and nutrients.
  • National Water Quality Surveillance Program
  • Science-based use of municipal Biosolids for the protection of water quality
  • Understanding and managing preferential flow of liquid manure and biosolids to adjacent water [GAPS]

Research Publications:

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

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2012

  • Diarra, M.S., Rempel, H., Bach, S.J., Harlton, C.E., Delaquis, P.J., Pritchard, J., Aslam, M.N., Leslie, M., and Topp, E. (2012). "Distribution of antibiotic resistance phenotypes and genotypes among Salmonella spp. Isolated from broiler chickens in British Columbia.", 101st Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP 2012), Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI, USA, July 22-25, 2012, Poster ID# 2398. (Poster)

2011

  • Barret, M., Gagnon, N., Morissette, B., Topp, E., Massé, D.I., Masse, L., and Talbot, G. (2011). "Methanogenesis in Swine Manure Storage Tanks: Towards the Identification of the Active Microorganisms.", 111th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology (ASM2011), New Orleans, LA, USA, May 21-24, 2011.
  • Barret, M., Neufeld, J.D., Gagnon, N., Kalmokoff, M.L., Topp, E., Verastegui, Y., and Talbot, G. (2011). "Active methanogens in swine manure storage tanks revealed by stable isotope probing.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 61st Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada, June 20-23, 2011, Abstract AE74. (Abstract)
  • Diarra, M.S., Vela, J., Hilderbrand, K., Metcalfe, A., Rempel, H., Bittman, S., and Topp, E. (2011). "Antibiotic resistance of Staphylococcus xylosus isolated from broiler barn bioaerosol.", 51st Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest International Section (PNWIS) of the Air & Waste Management Association, Harrison, BC, Canada, November 8-11, 2011, Oral presentation.
  • Jokinen, C.C., Mutschall, S.K., Ross, S.L., Buchanan, C., Kindt, A., Koning, W., Miller, J.J., Edge, T.A., Topp, E., Thomas, J.E., Gannon, V.P.J., and Taboada, E.N. (2011). "Application of comparative genomics-based genotyping to the molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni from the Oldman River watershed in southern Alberta, Canada.", 15th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 6, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Jokinen, C.C., Mutschall, S.K., Ross, S.M., Buchanan, C., Kindt, A., Koning, W., Miller, J., Edge, T.A., Topp, E., Thomas, J., Gannon, V.P.J., and Taboada, E.N. (2011). "Application of comparative genomics-based genotyping to the molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni from the Oldman River watershed in southern Alberta, Canada.", 16th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Related Organisms (CHRO 2011), Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 28 -September 1, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Larney, F.J., Cessna, A.J., Kuchta, S.L., Hao, X., Entz, T., Topp, E., and McAllister, T.A. (2011). "Composting effects on antibiotics in feedlot manure.", Manure Management Update 2011, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 17, 2011, pp. 46-54.
  • Nangia, V., Sunohara, M., Topp, E., Gregorich, E.G., Gottschall, N., Drury, C.F., Toussef, M.A., and Lapen, D.R. (2011). "Assessing field-scale effects of controlled tile drainage on N mass balance from corn and soybean fields in Eastern Ontario, Canada.", 2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Fundamental for life: soil, crop and environmental sciences, San Antonio, TX, USA, October 16-19, 2011.
  • Nangia, V., Sunohara, M., Topp, E., Gregorich, E.G., Gottschall, N., Drury, C.F., and Lapen, D.R. (2011). "Measuring the effects of watertable management on soil greenhouse gas emissions from corn and soybean fields in Eastern Canada.", 2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Fundamental for life: soil, crop and environmental sciences, San Antonio, TX, USA, October 16-19, 2011.
  • Yost, C.K., Diarra, M.S., and Topp, E. (2011). "Animals and human as source of fecal indicator bacteria.", in Sadowsky, M. J. and R. L. Whitman (eds.) - The Fecal Bacteria, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Chapter 4, pp. 67-91.

2010

  • Edwards, M., Topp, E., Metcalfe, C.D., Li, H., Gottschall, N., Bolton, P., Curnoe, W.E., Payne, M., Beck, A., Kleywegt, S., and Lapen, D.R. (2010). "Pharmaceutical and personal care products in tile drainage following surface spreading and injection of dewatered municipal biosolids to an agricultural field [Science of the Total Environment (2009) 407, pp. 4220-4230] (Corrigendum).", Science of the Total Environment, 408(9), pp. 2180.
  • Gagnon, N., Topp, E., Kalmokoff, M.L., Masse, L., Massé, D.I., and Talbot, G. (2010). "Novel fingerprint technology to assess the diversity of methanogens.", 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME13), Seattle, WA, USA, August 22-27, 2010. (Abstract)
  • Gottschall, N., Edwards, M., Topp, E., Bolton, P., Payne, M., Curnoe, W.E., Ball Coelho, B.R., and Lapen, D.R. (2010). "Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Bacteria Tile and Groundwater Quality Following Direct Injection of Dewatered Municipal Biosolids into Soil [Journal of Environmental Quality, 38(4), pp. 1783-1783] (Erratum No. 2).", Journal of Environmental Quality, 39(2), pp. 433.
  • Lanthier, M., Moreau, G., Cloutier, M., Goulet, B., Nossova, N., Lachapelle, N., Najem, D., Lapen, D.R., and Topp, E. (2010). "Antibiotic Resistance of Arcobacter butzleri isolates from the South Nation River Watershed, Ontario, Canada.", 2nd American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic and Foodborne Pathogens in Animals, Humans and the Environment, Toronto, ON, Canada, June 8-11, 2010.
  • Parrott, J., McLaughlin, A., Lapen, D.R., and Topp, E. (2010). "Environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals.", in Kaputska, L.A. and Landis, W.G. (eds.) - Environmental Risk Assessment and Management from a Landscape Perspective, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 329-346.
  • Sunohara, M., Youssef, M.A., Topp, E., and Lapen, D.R. (2010). "Measured effect of agricultural drainage water management on hydrology, water quality, and crop yield.", Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB and CIGR jointly held 9th International Drainage Symposium, Québec City Convention Centre, Québec City, QC, Canada, June 13-16, 2010, Paper No. 711P0610e, pp. 392-401.
  • Talbot, G., Topp, E., Kalmokoff, M.L., Roy, C.S., Brooks, S.P.J., Beaulieu, C., and Massé, D.I. (2010). "Archaeal community analysis along a plug-flow bioreactor treating swine manure.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 60th Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Hamilton, ON, Canada, June 14-17, 2010.
  • Topp, E., van Bochove, É., Edge, T.A., Flemming, C.A., Gannon, V.P.J., and Lanthier, M. (2010). "Fecal contamination in mixed activity watersheds: Developments in human risk assessment and risk management.", 14th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, Beaupré, QC, Canada, September 12-17, 2010, Keynote speaker.
  • van Bochove, É., Topp, E., Thériault, G., Denault, J.-T., Allaire, S.E., Dechmi, F., and Rousseau, A.N. (2010). "Coliforms.", in Eilers, W., MacKay, R., Graham, L., and Lefebvre, A. (eds.) - Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-Environmental Indicator Report Series. Report #3//L'agriculture écologiquement durable au Canada : Série sur les indicateurs agroenvironnementaux - Rapport n° 3, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC), Chapter 14, pp. 94-100.

2009

  • Alexander, T.W., Inglis, G.D., Yanke, L.J., Topp, E., and McAllister, T.A. (2009). "Characterization of antimicrobial-resistant Escherichia coli from samples collected throughout processing of feedlot cattle at a commercial abattoir.", ADSA-CSAS-ASAS 2009 Joint Annual Meeting, Montréal Convention Center, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 12-16, 2009. (Poster)
  • Delaquis, P.J., Bach, S.J., LeBlanc, D.I., Brassard, J., Houde, A., Villeneuve, S., Bezanson, G.S., Diarra, M.S., Topp, E., Blais, B., Gajadhar, A., Bisaillon, J.-R., Fazil, A.M., Gilmour, M., Mattison, K., and Bidawid, S. (2009). "A systems-based approach for the assessment of microbiological threats to the food supply.", 13th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 4-5, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Frey, S.K., Rudolph, D.R., Lapen, D.R., Ball Coelho, B.R., and Topp, E. (2009). "Influence of Liquid Manure Application Methods on the Mobility of Dissolved Nutrient Species in Macroporous and Tile-Drained Soils.", 2009 Ground Water Summit, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Tuscon, AZ, USA, April 21, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Gottschall, N., Edwards, M., Topp, E., Bolton, J.M., Payne, M., Kleywegt, S., Curnoe, W.E., Ball Coelho, B.R., and Lapen, D.R. (2009). "Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Bacteria Tile and Groundwater Quality Following Direct Injection of Dewatered Municipal Biosolids into Soil [Journal of Environmental Quality, 38(4), pp. 1783-1783] (Erratum).", Journal of Environmental Quality, 38(4), pp. 1783.
  • Lanthier, M., Lapen, D.R., Cloutier, M., Goulet, B., Nossova, N., and Topp, E. (2009). "Isolation and Characterization of Arcobacter spp. From the South Nation Watershed, Ontario, Canada.", Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) 59th Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle de la Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (SCM), Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada, June 15-18, 2009, Abstract AE37. (Abstract)
  • Lanthier, M., Lapen, D.R., Cloutier, M., Nossova, N., and Topp, E. (2009). "Isolation and Characterization of Arcobacter spp. From the South Nation Watershed, Ontario, Canada.", 109th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 17-21, 2009, Abstract Q170. (Abstract)
  • Sabourin, L., Beck, A., Duenk, P.W., Kleywegt, S., Lapen, D.R., Li, H.X., Metcalfe, C.D., Payne, M., and Topp, E. (2009). "Runnoff of pharmaceuticals and personal care products following application of dewatered municipal biosolids to an agricultural field [Science of the Total Environment 407 (2009) 4596-4604] (Erratum).", Science of the Total Environment, 407(22), pp. 5928-5930.
  • Talbot, G., Roy, C.S., Topp, E., Beaulieu, C., Palin, M.-F., and Massé, D.I. (2009). "Anaerobic bacterial population dynamics during glucose and volatile fatty acid degradation.", 5th ASPD Specialised Conference: Microbial Population Dynamics in Biological Wastewater Treatment, Aalborg, Denmark, May 24-27, 2009, Abstract No. 11024.
  • Talbot, G., Roy, C.S., Topp, E., Kalmokoff, M.L., Brooks, S.P.J., Beaulieu, C., Palin, M.-F., and Massé, D.I. (2009). "Multivariate analysis of microbial population quantitative data during start-up of a compartmentalized anaerobic bioreactor treating swine manure.", 5th ASPD Specialised Conference: Microbial Population Dynamics in Biological Wastewater Treatment, Aalborg, Denmark, May 24-27, 2009.
  • Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., and Metcalfe, C.D. (2009). "The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Program to Assess and Manage the Transport of Microconstituents in Biosolids-Amended Soils.", Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, Residuals and Biosolids, pp. 765-766.
  • Yanke, L.J., Topp, E., and McAllister, T.A. (2009). "Persistence of antimicrobial resistant Enterococcus spp. in feedlot cattle feces.", 109th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 17-21, 2009, pp. 616. (Poster)