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Úrbez-Torres, José Ramón, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

4200 Highway 97 Box 5000
Summerland, British Columbia V0H 1Z0
Telephone: 250-404-3359
Fax: 250-494-0755
Email: joseramon.urbeztorres@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Etiology, biology, epidemiology, and control of fungal, viral and bacterial diseases of woody perennial crops.
  • Grapevine, fruit and nut trees, and small fruits root and trunk diseases caused by fungi
  • Molecular and traditional taxonomy of fungi (Ascomycetes)
  • Plant pathogen detection and disease diagnostics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Mycology
  • Phylogenetic systematics

Current Projects:

  • Grapevine trunk diseases in BC: identification and characterization of the causal agents, epidemiological studies, and development and implementation of effective management strategies
  • Development and implementation of molecular diagnostic tools (DNA-arrays) for detection and identification of grapevine trunk disease fungi
  • Study of grapevine virus diseases in BC (Leafroll, Red Blotch, Fanleaf)
  • Characterization and management of two cherry diseases in the Okanagan: cherry slip-skin and cherry replant disease

Affiliations:

  • Council member and member of the scientific committee of the International Council on Grapevine Trunk Diseases (ICGTD)
  • Plant Disease (APS) Associate Editor
  • Member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS)
  • Member of the American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Phytopathology (SEF)

Research publications

2016

2015

  • Morton, L.T. and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Black foot.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 84.
  • Morton, L.T. and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Esca.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 266.
  • Morton, L.T. and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Petri disease.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 546.
  • Morton, L.T., Smart, R.E., and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Phomopsis: Phomopsis cane and leaf spot and Phomopsis dieback.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 552.
  • Smart, R.E. and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Eutypa dieback.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 270.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Botryosphaeria dieback.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 98.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015). "Grapevine trunk diseases.", in Robinson, J. and Harding, J. (eds.) - The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition., Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 758-759.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Phillips, A.J.L., and Gubler, W.D. (2015). "Botryosphaeria Dieback.", in Wilcox, W.F., Gubler, W.D. and Uyemoto, J.K. (eds.) - Compendium of Grape Diseases, Disorders, and Pests, 2nd Edition, APS Press, Inc., St. Paul, MN, USA, pp. 33-39.
  • Uŕbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Bowen, P., Lowery, T., O'Gorman, D.T. (2015). Development of a DNA macroarray for the detection and identification of fungal pathogens causing decline of young grapevines, 105(10), 1373-1388. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-03-15-0069-R

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2011

Other science related publications

2016

  • O'Gorman, D.T., Haag, P., Forge, T.A., and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2016). "Identification and characterization of the fungal pathogens inhabiting the root zone of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. doi : 10.1080/07060661.2016.1139308 (Abstract)
  • O'Gorman, D.T., Haag, P., Urbez-Torres, J.R., Forge, T.A., Nelson, L.M., and Toivonen, P.M.A. (2016). Characterization and management of two cherry diseases in the Okanagan: cherry slip skin and cherry replant disease. AIP-ASP reporting: BC Cherry Growers Association/Summerland Varieties Corp - Interim Report, January 1,2016. (Report)
  • O`GORMAN D.T. , WALKER M., FRASERJ., BOULE J., ÚRBEZ-TORRES J.R. AND TOIVONEN P. M. 2016. Unravelling cherry slip-skin maceration disorder. BC-CPS meeting 2016 Summerland. Canadian J. of Plant Path. Vol. 38: 533-540
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2016). "Development and assessment of different molecular tools for the detection, identification and quantification of grapevine trunk diseases fungal pathogens and their potential use to develop and implement disease management strategies.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. (Abstract)

2015

  • Toivonen, P.M.A., Cossentine, J.E., O'Gorman, D.T., and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2015 Confidential). Progress Report for Project ID number J-000378. P020-BCFGA- Canadian Tree Fruit Products Development - Activity 3: Postharvest characterization of apple and sweet cherry quality. (Report)

2014

  • Boulé, J., Haag, P., Urbez-Torres, J.R., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2014). "Identification and characterization of the fungal pathogens associated with fruit tree decline in the Okanagan Valley, BC.", The CPS-BC Regional Meeting, Surrey, BC, Canada, November 2014. (Presentation)
  • O'Gorman, D.T., Haag, P., Urbez-Torres, J.R., and Toivonen, P.M.A. (2014). Characterization and management of two cherry diseases in the Okanagan: cherry slip skin and cherry replant disease 2014. AIP-ASP reporting: Okanagan Plant Improvement Company (PICO)/Scientist Meeting Agenda – March 26, 2014: PARC-Summerland. (Report)
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Bowen, P.A., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2014). "Grapevine trunk diseases studies in British Columbia: the status of long known diseases in a young and emerging grape-growing region.", 9th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, Adelaide, Australia, November, 2014, Presentation.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Bowen, P.A., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2014). "Grapevine trunk diseases studies in British Columbia: the status of long known diseases in a young and emerging grape-growing region.", Phytipathologia Mediterranea, 53, pp. 565-566.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Dick, J., Bowen, P.A., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2014). "Design, development and implementation of an oligonucleotide array for identification and detection of fungal pathogens responsible for causing youing vine decline.", Phytipathologia Mediterranea, 53, pp. 567. (Abstract)
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Dick, J., Bowen, P.A., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2014). "Design, development and implementation of an oligonucleotide array for identification and detection of fungal pathogens responsible for causing young vine decline.", 9th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, Adelaide, Australia, November, 2014, Presentation.

2011

  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2011). "Grapevine Leaf roll Disease, a potential threat to the grapevine industry in British Columbia.", BC-CPS regional Meeting, Kelowna, BC, Canada, October 19, 2011.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2011). "Grapevine Trunk Diseases and Leaf Roll: Two Established diseases in BC Vineyards. Now What?", South Valley Grape Meeting, Oliver, BC, Canada, March 8, 2011.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2011). "Understanding grapevine trunk diseases to develop and implement effective control measures.", 12th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Trade Show, Penticton, BC, Canada, July 18-19, 2011.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2011). "What are Grapevine Trunk Diseases?", BC-CPS regional Meeting, Kelowna, BC, Canada, October 19, 2011.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Sheepwash, M., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2011). "Current Status of Grapevine Trunk Diseases in British Columbia.", 12th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Trade Show, Penticton, BC, Canada, July 18-19, 2011.
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Sheepwash, M., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2011). "Grapevine trunk diseases in British Columbia.", 12th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Trade Show, Penticton, BC, Canada, July 18-19, 2011. (Poster)
  • Urbez-Torres, J.R., Haag, P., Sheepwash, M., and O'Gorman, D.T. (2011). "Overview of grapevine trunk diseases.", 12th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Trade Show, Penticton, BC, Canada, July 18-19, 2011. (Poster)
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