Fernandez, Myriam, Ph.D.

Research scientist - Organic Agriculture and Crop Pathology


Contact Information:

1 Airport Road
PO Box 1030
Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 3X2
Telephone: 306-770-4459
Fax: 306-770-4411
Email: myriam.fernandez@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Crop production systems
  • Organic agriculture methods
  • Integrated pest management
  • Crop diseases
  • Disease resistance
  • Biological control
  • Leaf diseases
  • Fusarium head blight
  • Root/crown diseases

Current Projects:

  • Impacts of reduced tillage and diversified cropping sequences under organic management in the semi-arid Brown soil zone
  • Diversifying organic cropping options for the Brown soils through intercropping
  • Influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and the growth and spread of perennial thistles and other weeds in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada
  • Further investigations into the impact of pesticide use on crop diseases, microbial populations, plant nutrition and long-term sustainability
  • Annual province-wide surveys of Fusarium head blight and leaf diseases in Saskatchewan
  • Develop wheat lines with resistance to leaf spots, and assessment of reaction to kernel diseases
  • Molecular diagnostics strategies for Fusarium species detection and quantification in wheat
  • Long-term sustainability of soil and crop management practices for Canadian Prairie agriculture

Affiliations:

  • Canadian Phytopathological Society, Member
  • Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association, Honorary Life Membership
  • Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, Associate Member
  • SaskOrganics

Research Publications:

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

2016

2015

  • Singh, A.K., Clarke, J.M., Knox, R.E., DePauw, R.M., Wise, I.L., Thomas, J.B., McCaig, T.N., Cuthbert, R.D., Clarke, F.R., and Fernandez, M.R. (2015). "AAC Marchwell durum wheat.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(1), pp. 189-195. doi : 10.4141/cjps-2014-223

2014

2013

  • Fox, S.L., Humphreys, D.G., Brown, P.D., McCallum, B.D., Fetch Jr., T.G., Menzies, J.G., Gilbert, J., Fernandez, M.R., Despins, T., and Niziol, D. (2013). "Cardale hard red spring wheat.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 93(2), pp. 307-313. doi : 10.4141/cjps2012-236
  • Fox, S.L., Wise, I.L., Smith, M.A.H., Humphreys, D.G., Brown, P.D., McCallum, B.D., Fetch Jr., T.G., Menzies, J.G., Gilbert, J., Fernandez, M.R., Despins, T., Lukow, O.M., and Niziol, D. (2013). "Shaw hard red spring wheat.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 93(2), pp. 299-305. doi : 10.4141/cjps2012-137

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2015

  • Aladenola, O. and Fernandez, M.R. (2015). "Growth and health of field pea in an Aphanomyces-infested Brown soil at varying soil moisture conditions.", Canadian Phytopathological Society Saskatchewan Regional Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 10, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Berraies, S., Ruan, Y., Knox, R.E., Clarke, F.R., Fernandez, M.R., DePauw, R.M., and Cuthbert, R.D. (2015). "Characterization of FHB resistance to Fusarium species and associated DON accumulation in spring wheat.", From Seed to Pasta and Beyond: a Sustainable Durum Wheat Chain for Food Security and Healthy Lives, Bologna, Italy, May 31- June 2, 2015. (Poster)
  • Brar, G.S., McCallum, B.D., Gaudet, D.A., Puchalksi, B., Fernandez, M.R., and Kutcher, H.R. (2015). "Wheat stripe rust disease dynamics in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 2009-2014.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Brar, G.S., McCallum, B.D., Gaudet, D.A., Puchalski, B., Fernandez, M.R., and Kutcher, H.R. (2015). "Stripe rust disease dynamics over the last six years in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.", Canadian Phytopathological Society Saskatchewan Regional Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 10, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Aryal, B., Fernandez, M.R., Kassir, S., Peluola, C., Sliva, T., and Stephens, D.S. (2015). "Fusarium Head Blight in common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2014.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 95, pp. 112-115.
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Stephens, D.S., Aryal, B., Peluola, C., Sliva, T., and Fernandez, M.R. (2015). "Fusarium head blight in barley in Saskatchewan in 2014.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 95, pp. 70-72.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Hodge, K.T., Ellouze, W., Waelchli, F., Brown, A.E., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., and Peluola, C. (2015). "Leaf spotting diseases of common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2014.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 95, pp. 123-130.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Morrell, C., and Aladenola, O. (2015). Proceedings of Low-Input Agricultural Systems Field Day, SPARC, Swift Current, SK, August 6th, 2015, 30 pages (with contributions from Julia Leeson, Brian McConkey, Mike Schellenberg, Shannon Chant, Jillian Bainard, Mostafa Serajchi, Adriana Navarro Borrell, Jason Stuka, Garry Johnson, Russ Hynes, Marla Carlson, Allison Squires, Cody Straza, Loren Speers, Herb Cutforth, Patrick Cherneski, Jan Cote)., Canada: Semi-Arid Agricultural Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Book)
  • Fernandez, M.R., Patterson, S.J., Hodge, K.T., Brown, A.E., Screpnek, P., Almasi, G., Doig, B., Kutcher, H.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., and Peluola, C. (2015). "Common and durum wheat grain samples with Fusarium-damaged kernels across Saskatchewan in 2014.", Canadian Phytopathological Society Saskatchewan Regional Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 10, 2015. (Abstract)

2014

  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., Cranston, R., Peluola, C., Bruce, M., Lozinsky, S., and Fernandez, M.R. (2014). "Fusarium head blight in barley in Saskatchewan in 2013.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 94, pp. 103-105.
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., Cranston, R., Peluola, C., Bruce, M., Lozinsky, S., and Fernandez, M.R. (2014). "Fusarium head blight in common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2013.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 94, pp. 137-139.
  • Fernandez, M.R. and Pierce, A. (Eds.) (2014). Proceedings of Low-Input Agricultural Systems Field Day, SPARC, Swift Current, SK, August 7th, 2014, 16 pages (with contributions from S. MacKinnon, J. Mitchell Fetch, S. Fox, J. Bainard, M. Schellenberg, and S. Chant)., Canada: Semi-Arid Agricultural Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Book)
  • Fernandez, M.R., Lim, S.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., and Peluola, C. (2014). "Leaf spotting diseases of common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2013.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 94, pp. 141-143.
  • Turkington, T.K., Xi, K., Kutcher, H.R., Kumar, K., Fernandez, M.R., and May, R. (2014). "An overview of fusarium head blight and key management strategies.", United Farmers of Alberta customer fusarium breakfast meeting, Olds, AB, Canada, January 21, 2014. (Presentation)

2012

  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2012). "Fusarium Head Blight in Barley in Saskatchewan in 2011.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 92, pp. 65-66.
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2012). "Fusarium head blight in common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2011.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 92, pp. 102-104.
  • Fernandez, M.R. and Knox, R.E. (2012). "Diseases of durum wheat.", .
  • Fernandez, M.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., and Northover, P.R. (2012). "Leaf rust and stripe rust of common wheat and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2011.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 92, pp. 96-97.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Lim, S.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Miller, S.G., and Northover, P.R. (2012). "Leaf spotting diseases of common and Durum Wheat in Saskatchewan in 2011.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 92, pp. 98-101.

2011

  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L. et al. (2011 Internal). Diseases of cereals and other crops in Saskatchewan 2011: Summary of 2011 reports, to Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Grain Crops., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L. et al. (2011 Internal). Diseases of cereals in Saskatchewan 2011: Annual status report to Western Committee on Plant Diseases., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L. et al. (2011 Internal). Plant diseases in Saskatchewan 2011: current issues report to Saskatchewan Plant Disease Committee (SPDC)., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Fernandez, M.R. (2011 Internal). Disease Evaluation Report for Western Bread Wheat Cooperative to PGDC., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Fernandez, M.R. (2011 Internal). Durum and common wheat leaf surveys in Saskatchewan: 2011 results. Submitted to Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Fernandez, M.R. (2011). "Associations of glyphosate with Fusarium diseases of cereal and pulse crops.", National Research Council Canada - Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI), Saskatoon, SK,, October 5, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Fernandez, M.R. (2011). Reaction to leaf spots of registrations (C-level) and pre-registration (B-level) entries in 2011 at different locations in Saskatchewan., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Fernandez, M.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., and McCartney, C. (2011). "Leaf spotting and rust diseases of common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2010.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 91, pp. 92-94.
  • Fernandez, M.R., May, W.E., Chalmers, S., Savard, M.E., and Singh, A.K. (2011). "Effectiveness of fungicide applications at various growth stages on head/kernel diseases, and productivity of durum wheat in southern Saskatchewan.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 87.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Zentner, R.P., Basnyat, P., Gehl, D.T., Selles, F., Huber, D., and Kremer, R.J. (2011). "Glyphosate associations with Fusarium diseases of cereal and pulse crops.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 33(2), pp. 240. (Abstract)
  • Fernandez, M.R., Zentner, R.P., and Gehl, D.T. (2011). "Influence of Pesticides on Pathogen Populations and Biological Control Agents.", 2011 Soil and Crops Workshop, University of Saskatchewan, Extension Division, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, March 7-8, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Fernandez, M.R., Zentner, R.P., and Gehl, D.T. (2011). "Influence of environmental pesticides on pathogen populations and biological control agents.", 2011 Soil and Crops Workshop, University of Saskatchewan, Extension Division, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, March 7-8, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Fox, S.L., Hucl, P.J., Spaner, D.M., and Fernandez, M.R. (2011). "Breeding wheat for organic production systems.", Organic Field Day 2011, AAFC Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC), Swift Current, SK, Canada, July 10-14, 2011.
  • Miller, S.G., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2011). "Fusarium Head Blight in common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2010.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 91, pp. 90-91.
  • Miller, S.G., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2011). "Fusarium head blight in barley in Saskatchewan in 2010.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 91, pp. 60-61.

2010

  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2010). "Fusarium head blight in barley in Saskatchewan in 2009.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 90, pp. 66-67.
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., Weitzel, C.N., Shiplack, J.J., and Fernandez, M.R. (2010). "Fusarium head blight in common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2009.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 90, pp. 98-99.
  • Fernandez, M.R. (2010). "Black point in wheat.", in Bockus, W.W., Bowden, R.L., Hunger, R.M., Morrill, W.L., Murray, T.D. and Smiley, R.W. (eds.) - Compendium of Wheat Diseases and Pests. 3rd Edition, American Phytopathological Society (APS).
  • Fernandez, M.R., Boire, M.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., McCartney, C., and Northover, P.R. (2010). "Leaf spotting diseases of barley in Saskatchewan in 2008.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 90, pp. 64-65.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Boire, M.R., Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Northover, P.R., and McCartney, C. (2010). "Leaf diseases of common and durum wheat in Saskatchewan in 2009.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 90, pp. 100-104.
  • Sheng, M., Hamel, C., and Fernandez, M.R. (2010). "Effect of tillage, crop rotation and glyphosate application on soil microbial community.", Mycorhizes 2010 Symposium, Université Laval, Québec City, QC, Canada, October 28-29, 2010.
  • Singh, A., Fernandez, M.R., Somers, D.J., Pozniak, C.J., Clarke, J.M., Knox, R.E., Clarke, F.R., DePauw, R.M., and Singh, A.K. (2010). "Common root rot reaction in a diverse durum wheat collection and association mapping of resistance genes.", 8th International Wheat Conference (8IWC) and Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) 2010 Technical Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 1-4, 2010. (Poster)

2009

  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Holzgang, G., Weitzel, C.N., and Fernandez, M.R. (2009). "Fusarium Head Blight in Barley and Oat in Saskatchewan in 2008.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 89, pp. 60-61.
  • Dokken-Bouchard, F.L., Holzgang, G., Weitzel, C.N., and Fernandez, M.R. (2009). "Fusarium Head Blight in Common and Durum Wheat in Saskatchewan in 2008.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 89, pp. 86-87.
  • Fernandez, M.R., Zentner, R.P., Basnyat, P., Gehl, D.T., Selles, F., Huber, D., and Kremer, R.J. (2009). "Glyphosate associations with Fusarium diseases of cereal and pulse crops.", 6th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Marriott Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2009.
  • Knox, R.E., Campbell, H.L., Clarke, J.M., Fernandez, M.R., McLeod, G.J., and DePauw, R.M. (2009). "Registration of DT676 Loose Smut Resistant Durum Wheat Germplasm [Journal of Plant Registrations, 2(2), pp. 156-161] (Erratum).", Journal of Plant Registrations, 3(1), pp. 112.
  • Poscher, E., Schellenberg, M.P., Clarke, J.M., Fernandez, M.R., and McCaig, T.N. (2009). "Age and cultivar related differences in metal and metalloid concentrations in alfalfalfa.", 62nd Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA, February 8-12, 2009, In: “Merging trails: Culture, Science, Innovation”. (Abstract)
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