- disease resistance in pulse crops and their wild relatives
- root rots in pea and lentil
- fungal pathogens on faba bean
- Colletortrichum lentis on lentil
As a member of the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan, my research program is focused on pulse crop pathology with particular emphasis on problems in Saskatchewan. The overarching theme of my research program is to study the biology of fungal and bacterial pathogens and their interaction with host plants. The ultimate goal of my research is to gain a better understanding of strategies employed by these pathogens to successfully invade and colonize pulse crops, and to exploit this knowledge for the purpose of developing successful breeding and disease management strategies. In order to achieve this goal, my research program follows a hierarchical approach, covering aspects from the field level down to the microscopic and molecular level.
Dipl. Ing. (hort) (University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany)
M.Sc. (University of London, UK)
Ph.D. (University of Reading, UK)
Selected Recent Publications
Menat J, Armstrong-Cho C, Banniza S 2016. Lack of evidence for sexual reproduction in field populations of Colletotrichum lentis. Fungal Ecology20, 66–74.
Habibi A, Peever T, Banniza S, Morrall R 2015. First Report of Ascochyta Blight of Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) caused by Peyronellaea pinodes in Canada. Plant Disease 100, 520
Bhadauria V, MacLachlan R, Pozniak C, Banniza S 2015. Candidate effectors contribute to race differentiation and virulence of the lentil anthracnose pathogen Colletotrichum lentis. BMC Genomics 16:628.
Armstrong-Cho C, Lulsdorf MM, Hashemi P, Banniza S 2015. Characterization of resistance to ascochyta blight of selected wild Cicer germplasm. Botany Botany 93: 723–734.
Syrovy LD, Banniza S, Shirtliffe SJ 2014. Yield and Agronomic Advantages of Pea Leaf Type Mixtures under Organic Management. Agronomy Journal 107, 113-120.
Undergraduate thesis course:
- PLSC 492: Literature / small research thesis in Plant Sciences
- PLSC 880.3 Introduction to plant disease epidemiology
- PLSC 881.3 Host-pathogen interaction and breeding for disease resistance in plants