Volume 3, Issue 1
Dr. George Lazarovits – Ag Canada, Ontario.
George Lazarovits is a scientist with AAFC in London, Ontario, as well as an honorary professor in the faculty of science (biology) at the University of Western Ontario. His main areas of focus are plant diseases, soil ecology, soil microbiology, organic by-products, plant protection, fungi, environmental pollutants, and plant growth. He has extensive experience in plant pathology, plant disease control, and soil science. His laboratory has made significant progress in elucidating the natural mechanisms that regulate the survival of plant pathogens. He has developed innovative model systems for studying plant-microbe-pathogen interactions in the rhizosphere. He has extensive interactions with growers and the industries that cater to plant protection needs.
Volume 3, Issue 3
Dr. Rick Peters – AAFC Charlottetown
Rick Peters received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph in 1990 and 1998, respectively. He conducted one year of post-doctoral work in 1999 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying diseases of peas and forages. He then returned to Canada to conduct studies of potato pink rot on a contract with the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture. From 2000 to the present, Peters has been employed as a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Environmental Health, Integrated Pest Management) in Charlottetown. His research emphasis includes the control and management of pathogens of potatoes, carrots, and other vegetable crops. The biology/ecology of organisms in agricultural ecosystems and the impacts of management practices on microbial population dynamics are also areas of investigation. The development of alternative management strategies and sustainable agricultural systems are important goals of the program.
Volume 3, Issue 5
Claudia Goyer – AAFC Fredericton, N.B.
Claudia Goyer is a molecular bacteriologist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Research Centre located in Fredericton, N.B. Goyer is an expert on common scab of potato, a disease caused by the soil-borne bacteria Streptomyces scabies. Currently, Goyer’s research is focused on several strategies to reduce common scab damage such as investigating the genetic basis of resistance of the potato to common scab and the use of biological controls.
Volume 3, Issue 7
Yvan Pelletier, AAFC Fredericton, N.B.
Yvan Pelletier is an entomologist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, N.B. Pelletier’s work involves development of potato germplasm with improved resistance to diseases and pests (including late blight, verticillium wilt, common scab, Colorado potato beetle, potato virus Y and potato leaf roll virus) and the incorporation of multiple resistances into new breeding parents.