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Fiona C. Buchanan Emeritus Professor

Research Area(s)

  • Beef cattle
  • Molecular genetics
  • Nutrigenetics
  • Detoxification of mycotoxins using insect larvae


Animal and Poultry Science


  • Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand
  • M.Sc., University of Otago, New Zealand
  • B.Sc., University of Otago, New Zealand

Selected Publications

C. Ocho Sanabria, N. Hogan, K. Madder, C. Gillot, B. Blakley, M. Reaney, A. Beattie, and F. Buchanan, 2019. Yellow mealworm larvae (Tenebrio molitor) fed mycotoxin-contaminated wheat-a possible safe, sustainable protein source for animal feed?  Toxins. 11, 282; doi:10.3390/toxins11050282

Madder, K.M., J.J. McKinnon, G.W. Torres, K.G. Krone, J.L. Duncombe, C.D. Luby and F.C. Buchanan.  2018.  Feedlot performance and immune function analysis of implanted and non-implanted steers selected for alcohol dehydrogenase 1 C (ADH1C) genotype and fed a low vitamin A diet.  Animal.  doi:10.1017/S1751731118001210

S. Osinchuk, L. Petrie, M. Leis, Schumann, F., Bauer, B., Sandmeyer, L., K. Madder, F. Buchanan and B. Grahn,  2016.  Congenital nuclear cataracts in a Holstein dairy herd.  Canadian Veterinary Journal.  58:488-292. 

Krone, K.G., Ward, A.K., Madder, K.M., Hendrick, S., McKinnon, J.J., and Buchanan, F.C. 2016. Interaction of vitamin A supplementation level with ADH1C genotype on intramuscular fat in beef steers. Animal 10 (3): 403-409.

A.K. Ward, J.J. McKinnon, S. Hendrick, and F.C. Buchanan.  2012.  The impact of vitamin A restriction and ADH1C genotyped on marbling in feedlot steers.  J. Anim. Sci.  90: 2476-2483.

J.M. Prystupa, R. Juras, E.G. Cothran, F.C. Buchanan and Y. Plante, 2012.  Genetic Diversity and Admixture Among Canadian, Mountain and Moorland and Nordic Pony Populations.   Animal, 6: 19-30.

K.A. Pugh, J.M. Stookey, and F.C. Buchanan.  2011.  An evaluation of corticotropin-releasing hormone and leptin SNPs relative to cattle behaviour.  Can. J. Anim. Sci. 91: 567-572.

T. Sebastian, J.M. Watts, J.M. Stookey, F.C. Buchanan, and C. Waldner.  2011.  Temperament in beef cattle: methods of measurement and their relationship to production.  Can. J. Anim. Sci. 91: 557-565.

H.M. Deobald and F.C. Buchanan, 2011.  Characterization of Two Pro-opiomelanocortin Gene Variants and Their Effects on Carcass Traits in Beef Cattle.  BMC Genetics12: 2.


Undergraduate courses:
  • ANSC 212 - Livestock and Poultry Production 
  • ANSC 313 - Animal Breeding and Genetics 
  • ANSC 355 - Sheep and Goat Management
  • ANBI 470 - Applied Animal Biotechnology

Graduate courses:

  • Animal Science 870 - Applied Animal Biotechnology