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Blackwell, Barbara, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1684

Areas of Expertise:

  • natural products chemistry
  • structure determination, stereochemistry and biosynthesis of fungal secondary metabolites
  • mycotoxins
  • Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium Head Blight (FHB)
  • Toxin analysis (Deoxynivalenol)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS, LC-MS)
  • HPLC and ELISA analysis

Current Projects:

  • Analysis of deoxynivalenol (DON) by ELISA to support AAFC cereal breeders and pathologists for development of FHB resistant cultivars.
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry analysis in support of AAFC funded projects.
  • Structure determination, biosynthesis and distribution of toxic secondary metabolites from Fusarium graminearum and other Fusarium species.
  • Isolation and purification for toxicity testing of novel secondary metabolites and identification of intermediates associated with targeted fungal gene clusters.


  • Member of Chemical Institute of Canada and American Chemical Society

Research publications



  • Legge, W.G., Badea, A., Tucker, J.R., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.M., Blackwell, B.A., Savard, M.E. (2017). AAC connect barley, 97(3), 539-548.
  • Xu, Shuhui & Yu, Junjie & Chen, Yanhong & Tabori, Mirko & Wang, Xuelian & Mccallum, Brent & Fedak, George & Blackwell, Barbara & Xue, Allen & Yang, Zefeng & Khanizadeh, Shahrokh. (2018). Evaluation of Selected Advanced Spring Wheat Germplasm Lines In Eastern Canada. Sustainable Agriculture Research. 7. 63. 10.5539/sar.v7n3p63.
  • Yan, W., Pageau, D., Martin, R., Cummiskey, A., Blackwell, B. (2017). Is deoxynivalenol contamination a serious problem for oat in eastern Canada?, 57(1), 88-98.





  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Bizimungu, B., Tekauz, A., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S., Menzies, J.G., Noll, J.S., Turkington, T.K., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.M., Vigier, B.J., Blackwell, B.A., Savard, M.E. (2013). Taylor barley, 93(5), 969-977.
  • McMullin, D.R., Sumarah, M.W., Blackwell, B.A., Miller, J.D. (2013). New azaphilones from Chaetomium globosum isolated from the built environment, 54(6), 568-572.




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