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Fofana, Bourlaye, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Plant molecular biology and physiology

Contact Information:

440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4N6
Telephone: 902-370-1454
Fax: 902-566-7468
Email: bourlaye.fofana@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Plant molecular biology
  • Molecular plant physiology and biochemistry
  • Plant metabolic pathways 
  • Plant primary and secondary metabolites 
  • Flax genomics - seed quality - bioactive metabolites-regulation
  • Functional genomics of seed development 
  • Plant Bioactive compouds - synthesis - regulation - alteration
  • Functional genomics - plant pathogen interactions - elicitors - metabolic pathways
  • Gene and protein expression profiling using microarrays and proteomics tools 
  • Molecular markers and Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) mapping - germplasm - Bioprospection
  • Flax
  • Wheat
  • Cucumber
  • Wild rosehip

Current Projects:

  • Development of a rosehip genotype x metabolite map for testing in bioanalysis of chronic diseases
  • Development of wild rosehip genomic resources
  • Flax genomics: ligan glycosylation and its bioavailability and bioactivity
  • Development of approach for increasing the antioxidant capacity of field crops
  • Flax seed health and crop substantiation

Affiliations:

  • Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists 
  • SAS users group
  • PEI Institute of Agrologists
  • Adjunct Professor, UPEI

Research publications

2019

  • https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvii/meetingapp.cgi/Session/5691

2018

  • https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvi/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/30375
  • https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvi/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/30386
  • https://www.eventscribe.com/2018/ASPB/searchbyposterbucket.asp?pfp=PosterBucket

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2017

  • Cloutier S, Ghose K, Somalraju A, McCallum J, Fofana B (2017) Further evidence that mutations in UGT74S1 alter SDG lignan glucoside profiles in EMS flax mutant lines. Proc 25th Plant and Animal Genome meeting, San Diego, CA, 14-18 Jan, P232

2016

  • Bizimungu, B., B Fofana, D. Main, J. McCallum, L. Kawchuk, and H. Tai. (2016) Development and characterization of diploid potato lines with agronomic and processing traits. “Breeding”, 100th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America, July 31- August 4, 2016, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Presentation) http://potatoassociation.org/
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Somalraju, A., Cloutier, S., Deyholos, M.K., and Rowland, G.G. (2016). "Developing EMS flax mutant lines with altered SDG lignan glucosides.", PAGXXIV 2016, San Diego, USA, January 9-13, 2016.
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Somalraju, A., Cloutier, S., Deyholos, M.K., and Rowland, G.G. (2016). "Developing EMS flax mutant lines with altered SDG lignan glucosides.", PAGXXIV, San Diego, USA, January 9-13, 2015. (Poster)

2015

  • Alkhnajari, A., Ghose, K., Somalraju, A., Samis, K., and Fofana, B. (2015). "Metagenomics of the buckwheat rhizophere's microbial diversity in wireworm-infested and non-infested soils.", UPEI Graduate Day, UPEI, MacDougall Hall, May 2015.
  • Alkhnajari, A., Somalraju, A., Ghose, K., Samis, K., and Fofana, B. (2015). "Microbial diversity of buckwheat rhizosphere in wireworm-infested and non-infested soils using metagenomics.", UPEI Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference, UPEI, MacDougall Hall, August 6-8, 2015. (Poster)
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., You, F.M., and Cloutier, S. (2015). "UGT74S1 is a single-copy gene and is unique In controlling Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (SDG) formation in flax.", Botany 2015 Joint Conference: Science and plants for people, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-30, 2015. (Poster)
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., You, F.M., and Cloutier, S. (2015). "UGT74S1 Is Unique In Controlling Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (SDG) Formation In Flax.", XXIII Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-14, 2015, pp. 160. (Abstract)
  • McCallum, J.L., Mills, A.A.S., Fofana, B., and Kirby, C.W. (2015). "Hops Germplasm Improvement.", 2015 AAFC Charlottetown Stakeholder Day, Harrington, PEI, Canada, July 14, 2015. (Poster)
  • Somalraju, A., Alkhnajari, A., Ghose, K., Main, D., and Fofana, B. (2015). "Characterizing EMS-Mutagenized pre-breeding potato lines using NGS and Phenotyping.", UPEI Graduate Day, UPEI, MacDougall Hall, May 2015. (Poster)
  • Somalraju, A., Alkhnajari, A., Ghose, K., Main, D., and Fofana, B. (2015). "Use of NGS and Phenotyping for Developing EMS-Mutagenized Pre-breeding Potato lines Potentially Low In Anti-nutritional Factors.", Botany 2015 Joint Conference: Science and plants for people, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-30, 2015. (Poster)

2014

  • Cloutier, S., Rowland, G.G., Booker, H.M., Deyholos, M.K., Datla, R.S.S., Duguid, S.D., Fofana, B., Reaney, M.J.T., Selvaraj, G., Smyth, S., Wang, E., Weselake, R.J., You, F.M., Zou, J.W., and Barker, C. (2014). "The TUFGEN project.", 65th Flax Institute, Fargo, North Dakota, USA, March 27-28, 2014, Oral presentation, pp. 39-48.
  • Fofana, B. (2014). "How gene discovery meets plant and bioreactor genetic resources development?", UPEI – Department of Biology seminar series, Biology Department, Charlottetown, Canada, October 10, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Fofana, B. (2014). "So, what we do in Fofana’s bioproducts and Bio-processes lab?", CBH seminar series, NRC building, Charlottetown, Canada, April 10, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Fofana, B. (2014). "Stopping potato greening: A cure may be in the works for sunburned potatoes – which is music to the industry’s ears.", Spud Smart, 11(2), pp. 22-26.
  • Fofana, B. (2014). Breeding out glycoalkaloids: A Canadian project employs new genetic tools to speed up potato breeding. AG Annex, Reported by Treena Hein, March 2014. (Report)
  • Fofana, B. and Sanderson, K.R. (2014). "AAC Sylvia-Arlene.", Plant Varieties Journal, 93.
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., and Cloutier, S. (2014). "Flax SDG lignan glucosylation: from gene discovery to flax lines with altered SDG profiles.", Plant Biology 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA, July 12-16, 2014. (Poster)
  • Somalraju, A., Ghose, K., Carter, L., Samis, K., and Fofana, B. (2014). "Phenotypic characterization of an EMS-Mutagenized Dihaploid Potato Population.", Science Graduate Studies Day, Charlottetown, PE, Canada, May 2, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Somalraju, A., Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2014). "A potato without toxic compounds?/Une patate sans composés toxiques?", CLRC open House, Charlottetown, Canada, August 23, 2014. (Presentation)
  • Wang, Y., Fofana, B., Roy, M., and Ghose, K. (2014). "Flaxseed lignan secoisolariciresinol diglucoside improves insulin sensitivity through upregulating GLUT4 expression in diet-induced obese mice.", FASEB Meeting 2014, San Diego, USA, April 26-30, 2014, Supplement, Vol. 28 No.1 Supplement 829.25.

2013

  • Fofana, B. (2013). "Lignan biosynthesis, bioactivity and bioavailability.", Genome Canada flax Tufgen project final AGM presentation, Saskatoon, Canada, November 28-29, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Fofana, B., Ghose, K., Chapman, R.G., and Sanderson, K.R. (2013). "Genetic, Agronomy, and Metabolomics of Prince Edwards Island Wild Rose Collection and Promise for Cultivar Development.", in Kulka, M. (ed.) - Using Old Solutions to New Problems - Natural Drug Discovery in the 21st Century, InTech, Open Access Publisher, Chapter 2, pp. 37-62.
  • Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Stetson, C., and Fofana, B. (2013). "Reducing potato anti-nutritional factors.", Open House (Poster), Harington, PE, Canada, August 16, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Ghose, K., Selvaraj, K., McCallum, J.L., Datla, R.S.S., Cloutier, S., and Fofana, B. (2013). "Key Catalytic Amino Acids for a Flax Secoisolariciresinol Glycosyltransferase as determined by Molecular Modeling and Site-Directed Mutagenesis.", 2013 CSPB/SCBV Annual General Meeting, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, June 25-28, 2013.
  • Wang, Y., Fofana, B., and Roy, M. (2013). "Anti-Diabetic Potential of Flaxseed Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.", FASEB 2013 April Meeting, Supplement ;27:lb377. (Abstract)

2012

  • Fofana, B. (2012). "An easy way for the biofortification of field crops antioxidant capacity by increasing selenoprotein content: consequences to human health.", University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Biology Department Seminar Series, Duffy Science Centre, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, January 13, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Fofana, B. and Selvaraj, K. (2012). "An Overview of Plant Photosynthesis Modulation by Pathogen Attacks.", in Najafpour, M.M. (ed.) - Advances in Photosynthesis - Fundamental Aspects, InTech, Open Access Publisher, Chapter 22, pp. 465-486.
  • Power, K.A., Villeneuve, S., Mondor, M., Fustier, P., Arcand, Y., Lamarche, F., Britten, M., Cui, S.W., Tsao, R., Fofana, B., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2012). "Recent progress on the incorporation of flaxseed into cereal based matrices: delivery of bioactives to target sites and a comprehensive assessment of their biological effects.", 64th Flax Institute of the United States, Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND, USA, March 29-30, 2012. (Presentation)

2011

  • Fofana, B., Main, D., Ghose, K., Grimmett, M.G., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., Peters, R.D., Drake, K.A., Locke, S.J, and Sweeney, M.E. (2011). "Improving the antioxidant capacity of field crops by increasing selenoprotein content.", 2011 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (with Plant Canada 2011), Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011, pp. 61, #1145. (Presentation)
  • Ghose, K., Sanderson, K.R., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2011). "Genetic structure of Prince Edwards island wild rosehip ecotypes as revealed by single nucleotide polymorphism.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 82nd Annual Meeting (with Plant Canada 2011), Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011, CSHS-9, pp. 283. (Poster)
  • Selvaraj, K., Ghose, K., Nixon, M., Cloutier, S., and Fofana, B. (2011). "Molecular and functional characterization of flax SDG lignan glycosyltransferases.", Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists Eastern Regional Meeting & Plant Development Workshop / Congrès de la Société Canadienne de Physiologie Végétale & Congrès de Développement Végétale (Congrès Régional de l’Est), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 2-3, 2011, P22, pp. 40.

2010

  • Cloutier, S., Cloutier, S., Rowland, G.G., Datla, R.S.S., Deyholos, M.K., Duguid, S.D., Fofana, B., Reaney, M.J.T., Selvaraj, G., Smyth, S., Wang, E., Weselake, R.J., Zou, J., and Barker, C. (2010). "Total Utilization Flax Genomics (TUFGEN): A Genome Canada Project.", Plant & Animal Genome XVIII Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 9-13, 2010, P018. (Poster)
  • Fofana, B., Ragupathy, R., and Cloutier, S. (2010). "Flax Lipids: Classes, biosynthesis, genetics and the promise of applied genomics for understanding and altering of fatty acids.", in Gilmore, P.L. (ed.) - Lipids: Categories, Biological Functions and Metabolism, Nutrition, and Health, Nova Science Publishers Inc, Chapter 3, pp. 71-98.
  • Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Kirby, C.W., Sanderson, K.R., and Fofana, B. (2010). "Genetic and matebolite diversity in Atlantic Canada wild roses and its implication in drug and cultivar development.", 2nd Maritime Natural Products Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 31-September 2, 2010.
  • Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Kirby, C.W., Sanderson, K.R., and Fofana, B. (2010). "Genetic and metabolite diversity in Atlantic Canada wild roses and its implications in drug and cultivar development.", Plant Biology 2010: Joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (CSPP) and American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 31-August 4, 2010, P09073. (Poster)
  • Johnson, J.B., Kulka, M., Wang, Y., Zidichouski, J., Saleh, T., Fofana, B., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., Sanderson, K.R., Berrue, F., Kerr, R., Mackinnon, S., Zhang, J., and Chapman, R.A. (2010). "Comparative evaluation of the immunomodulatory activities of selected Prince Edward Island rose hip varieties.", 10th Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, September 12-15, 2010. (Poster)
  • Ragupathy, R., Cloutier, S., Rowland, G.G., Duguid, S.D., Datla, R.S.S., Selvaraj, G., Deyholos, M.K., Wang, E., Fofana, B., Zou, J., Reaney, M.J.T., Weselake, R.J., Philips, P., Smyth, S., and Barker, C. (2010 Internal). "Total utilization of flax genomics (TUFGEN).", Internal Review Meeting, Department of Biotechnology (DBT-Government of India) supported flaxproject, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India, June 16, 2010. (Presentation)
  • Selvaraj, K., Ghose, K., and Fofana, B. (2010). "Cloning and characterization of flax lignan biosynthesis and glycosylation genes.", 2nd Maritime Natural Products Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 31-September 2, 2010. (Presentation)

2009

  • Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2009). "NMR Studies of the Fatty Acids Present in Flax Seed Development.", MOOT XXII NMR Minisymposium, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, October 17-18, 2009, 16. (Poster)
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