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Blackwell, Barbara, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1684
Email: Barbara.Blackwell@agr.gc.ca

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.

Affiliations:

  • Member of Chemical Institute of Canada and American Chemical Society

Research publications

2018

2017

  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0312
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2016.04.0263

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-126
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2012.11.084

2012

2011

2010

Other science related publications

2016

  • Bahadoor, A., Bosnich, W., Schneiderman, D., Blackwell, B., Aubin, Y., Melanson, J., Gleddie, S., Harris, L.J. Discovery of Novel Fusarium Secondary Metabolites. Session 10, Book of Abstracts of Lectures and Posters, World Mycotoxin Forum, Winnipeg, MB, June 6-9, 2016, p. 69. Invited talk
  • Blackwell, B., Bahadoor, A., Bosnich, W., Schneiderman, D., Aubin, Y., Harris, L.J. NMR structural studies of Fusarium secondary metabolites. 29th Annual MOOT NMR Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016. Poster presentation.
  • Blackwell, B., Bahadoor, A., Bosnich, W., Schneiderman, D., Herweyer, D., Gräfenhan, T., Harris, L.J. Secondary metabolite profile of Canadian NX-2 Fusarium graminearum chemotypes. Proceedings of the 8th Can. Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, ON Nov. 20-22, 2016. P. 66, Poster presentation.
  • Harris, L.J.*, Bosnich, W., Johnston, A., Kwan, R., Schneiderman, D., Blackwell, B., Bahadoor, A., Gleddie, S. Examining Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium avenaceum interactions in durum wheat. Proceedings of the 8th Can. Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, Ottawa, ON Nov. 20-22, 2016. P. 18, Invited talk.
  • Harris, L.J., Bosnich, W., Johnston, A., Kwan, R., Schneiderman, D., Blackwell, B., Bahadoor, A., Gleddie, S. Fusarium interspecies interactions during infection of durum wheat. Invited talk, Session 10, Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum, p. 70, Winnipeg, MB, June 6-9, 2016.
  • Kang-Choi M, Humphreys G, Cloutier S, Blackwell B, McCartney C, Navabi A (2016) Improvement of fusarium head blight resistance in winter wheat. Proc 3rd Can Wheat Symposium, Ottawa, Nov22-25, P 35

2015

  • Harris, L.J., Bosnich, W., Johnston, A., Kwan, R., Schneiderman, D., Blackwell, B.A., and Bahadoor, A. (2015). "A F. graminearum ABC transporter is induced during interactions with F. avenaceum and by enniatin B1.", 13th European Fusarium Seminar, Martina Franca, Italy, May 10-14, 2015, Poster, pp. 121. (Abstract)
  • Harris, L.J., Bosnich, W., Johnston, A., Kwan, R., Schneiderman, D., Blackwell, B.A., and Bahadoor, A. (2015). "Interaction studies between Fusarium graminearum and F. avenaceum during durum wheat infection.", 28th Fungal Genetics Conference, Pacific Grove, CA, USA, March 17-22, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Humphreys, D.G., Cao, W., Kalikililo, A., Langille, L., McCartney, C.A., Blackwell, B.A., and Graf, R.J. (2015). "Enhancing Tools for Fusarium Resistance Breeding in Canadian Winter Wheat.", 2015 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, St. Louis, MO, USA, December 6-8, 2015. (Poster)

2014

  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Banik, M., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Blackwell, B.A., and Savard, M.E. (2014). "Development of TR10214 two-row malting barley with low deoxynivalenol accumulation.", 21st North American Barley Research Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, June 29- July 2, 2014. (Poster)
  • Pageau, D., Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2014). "La fusariose de l’épi, un ennemi coriace!", Journée d’information de la Financière Agricole du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Alma, QC, Canada, 27 mars 2014.
  • Pageau, D., Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2014). "Les champs de céréale ont-ils vraiment besoin de traitements fongicides?", la Journée d’information du Syndicat des producteurs de Cultures Commerciales du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Alma, QC, Canada, 19 mars 2014.
  • Pageau, D., Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2014). "Les maladies des céréales : comment les combattre.", Journée d’information de la Financière Agricole du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Alma, QC, Canada, 27 mars 2014.
  • Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., Pageau, D., and Blackwell, B.A. (2014). "Les traitements fongicides dans les champs de céréale.", Clubs conseils en agroenvironnement Beauce Agri-Nature, Saint-Joseph-de Beauce, QC, Canada, 18 novembre AM 2014.
  • Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., Pageau, D., and Blackwell, B.A. (2014). "Les traitements fongicides dans les champs de céréale.", Clubs conseils en agroenvironnement Beauce Agri-Nature, Saint-Joseph-de Beauce, QC, Canada, 18 novembre AM 2014.

2013

  • Harris, L.J., Johnston, A., Bosnich, W., LeBlanc, A., Schneiderman, D., and Blackwell, B.A. (2013). "Elucidation of the Fusarium graminearum butenolide biosynthetic gene cluster.", Gordon Research Conference, Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins, Easton, MA, USA, June 16-21, 2013. (Poster)
  • Pageau, D., Lajeunesse, J., Lafond, J., Rioux, S., and Blackwell, B.A. (2013). "Effet des rotations sur le contenu en désoxynivalénol (DON) chez les céréales.", Conférence présentée lors du Colloque sur les Céréales, Beloeil, QC, Canada, 11 décembre 2013.
  • Rioux, S., Pageau, D., Vanasse, A., Dion, Y., and Blackwell, B.A. (2013). "Devrait-on utiliser des fongicides dans les céréales?", Dans Revue Grandes Cultures, 23(3), pp. 16-17.
  • Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., Pageau, D., and Blackwell, B.A. (2013). "Les champs de céréales ont-ils vraiment besoin de traitements fongicides ? Journée Analyse de groupe Grandes cultures.", Groupe conseil agricole Piekouagan du Réseau agri-conseils du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Saint-Félicien, QC, Canada, 28 novembre 2013.

2011

  • Blackwell, B.A. (2011). "Trichothecenes and other secondary metabolites from Fusarium graminearum.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Blackwell, B.A., Séguin, C., and Overy, D.P. (2011). "Trichothecenes and other secondary metabolites from Fusarium graminearum – is it just about DON?", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 78.
  • Blackwell, B.A., Séguin, C., and Overy, D.P. (2011). "Trichothecenes and other secondary metabolites from Fusarium graminearum.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 77.
  • Blackwell, B.A., Séguin, C., and Overy, D.P. (2011). "Trichothecenes and other secondary metabolites from Fusarium graminearum.- Is it just about DON?", GRC on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, Waterville, ME, USA, June 12-17, 2011. (Poster)
  • Comeau, A., Langevin, F., Voldeng, H.D., Haber, S.M., Gilbert, J., Randhawa, H.S., Dion, Y., Rioux, S., Eudes, F., Blackwell, B.A., and Martin, R.A. (2011). "One quick solution to FHB problems: the systemic approach.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, pp. 72.
  • Comeau, A., Langevin, F., Voldeng, H.D., Haber, S.M., Gilbert, J., Randhawa, H.S., Dion, Y., Rioux, S., McCallum, B.D., Fetch Jr., T.G., Eudes, F., Blackwell, B.A., Martin, R.A., Scheeren, P., Caetano, V., Frégeau-Reid, J.A., and Fedak, G. (2011). "The systemic approach : faster genetic progress for complex goals.", 1st Canadian Wheat Symposium, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 30-December 2, 2011, Presentation.
  • Legge, W.G., Tucker, J.R., Tekauz, A., Martin, R.A., Choo, T.-M., Blackwell, B.A., and Savard, M.E. (2011). "Development of two‐row malting barley with improved fusarium head blight resistance at Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre.", 7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 27-30, 2011, Published in: Gilbert, J. and Tekauz, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Canadian Worksop on Fusarium Head Blight, pp. 105.
  • Pageau, D., Lajeunesse, J., Rioux, S., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2011). "Les maladies du canola et des céréales: mieux vaut prévenir que guérir !", Journée Végétale – La Coop 2011, Alma, QC, Canada, November 30, 2011.
  • Rioux, S., Pageau, D., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2011). "Évaluation de fongicides dans les cultures de céréale.", Journée d’information scientifique sur les grandes gultures, Drummondville, QC, Canada, February 17, 2011.
  • Rioux, S., Pageau, D., Vanasse, A., and Blackwell, B.A. (2011). "Les fongicides en production céréalière : utiles ou inutiles ?", Journée d’information en grandes cultures au Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Alma, QC, Canada, March 15, 2011.

2010

  • DesRoches, C., Balcerzak, M., Blackwell, B.A., Johnston, A., Harris, L.J., and Ouellet, T. (2010). "Investigating the Pathways and Genes Responsible for the Production of Indole-3-Acetic Acid by {I}Fusarium Graminearum{/I}.", 11th European Fusarium Seminar: Fusarium - Mycotoxins, Taxonomy, Pathogenicity and Host Resistance, Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR), Radzików, Poland, September 20-23, 2010, Poster #51. (Poster)

2009

  • DesRoches, C., Balcerzak, M., Blackwell, B.A., and Ouellet, T. (2009). "Investigating the role of the production of auxins by Fusarium graminearum.", 6th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Marriott Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2009, pp. 91. (Poster)
  • Doyle, P.J., Saeed, H., Hermans, A., Gleddie, S.C., Hussack, G., Savard, M.E., Blackwell, B.A., Séguin, C., MacKenzie, C.R., and Hall, J.C. (2009). "Intracellular expression of a single-domain antibody reduces cytotoxicity of 15-AcDON.", 6th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight (CWFHB) / Colloque canadien sur la fusariose, Marriott Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2009, pp. 109. (Poster)
  • Doyle, P.J., Saeed, H., Hermans, A., Gleddie, S.C., Hussack, G., Savard, M.E., Blackwell, B.A., Séguin, C., MacKenzie, C.R., and Hall, J.C. (2009). "Intracellular expression of a single-domain antibody reduces cytotoxicity of 15-AcDON.", Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, USA, June 21-26, 2009. (Poster)
  • Sumarah, M.W., Puniani, E., Sørensen, D., Blackwell, B.A., and Miller, J.D. (2009). "Characterization of metabolites from red spruce endophytes by LC-MS-SPE/NMR.", Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, USA, June 21-26, 2009. (Poster)
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