College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Stripe rust of wheat
  • Leaf spot diseases of wheat Barley and oat
  • Fusarium wilt of flax


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre

Research Interests

  • mitigation of cereal and flax diseases using integrated pest management (IPM) solutions
  • stripe rust and fusarium head blight of wheat
  • crown rust of oat
  • pasmo and fusarium wilt of flax

Selected Publications

Brar, G.S., C. Karunakaran, T. Bond, J. Stobbs, N. Liu, P.J. Hucl and H.R. Kutcher. 2019. Showcasing the application of synchrotron-based X-ray computed tomography in host-pathogen interactions: the role of the wheat rachilla and rachis nodes in Type-II resistance to Fusarium graminearum. Plant, Cell and Environment. 42: 509-526. 

Brar, G.S., Ali, S., Qutob, D., Ambrose, S., Lou, K., Maclachlan, R., Pozniak, C.J., Fu, Y-.B., Sharpe, A.G., and H. R. Kutcher. 2018. Genome re-sequencing and simple sequence repeat markers reveal the existence of divergent lineages in the Canadian Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici population with extensive DNA methylation. Environ. Microbiol. 20: 1498-1515.

MacLean, D.E., J.M. Lobo, K. Coles, M. Harding, W.E. May, G. Peng, T. K. Turkington, and H. R. Kutcher. 2018. Fungicide application at anthesis of wheat provides effective control of leaf spotting diseases in western Canada. Crop Protection 112: 343-349.

Kutcher, H.R., T. K. Turkington, D. L. McLaren, R. B. Irvine, and G. S. Brar. 2018. Fungicide and cultivar management of leaf spot diseases of winter wheat in western Canada. Plant Dis. 102: 1828-1833.

Lin, X., A. N’Diaye, S. Walkowiak, K.T. Nilsen, A.T. Cory, J. Haile, H.R. Kutcher, K. Ammar, A. Loladze, J. Huerta-Espino, J.M. Clarke, Y. Ruan, R. Knox, P. Fobert, A.J. Sharpe, and C.J. Pozniak. 2018. Genetic analysis of resistance to stripe rust in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum). PLOS ONE. 13(9): e0203283.

Sharma, P., M.P. Gangola, C. Huang, H.R. Kutcher, S. Ganeshan, and R.N. Chibbar. 2018. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in B-genome specific UDP-glucosyl transferases associated with fusarium head blight resistance and reduced deoxynivalenol accumulation in wheat grain. Phytopathology 108(1): 124-132.

Beres, B, A. Brûlé-Babel, Z. Ye, R. Graf, T.K. Turkington, M. Harding., H.R. Kutcher, and D. Hooker. 2018. Exploring Genotype x Environment x Management synergies to manage fusarium head blight in wheat. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 40: 179-188.

Brar, G.S., R. Graf, R. Knox, H. Campbell and H.R. Kutcher. 2017. Reaction of differential wheat and triticale genotypes to natural stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) infection in Saskatchewan, Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 39(2): 138-148.

MacLean, D.E., R. Aboukhaddour. V.A. Tran, H. Askarian, S.E. Strelkov, T.K. Turkington, H.R. Kutcher. 2017. Race characterization of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis and sensitivity to propiconazole and pyraclostrobin fungicides. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 39(4): 433-443.

Gan, Y., C. Hamel, H.R. Kutcher and L. Poppy. 2017. Lentil enhances agroecosystem productivity with increased residual soil water and nitrogen. Renew. Agr. Food Syst. 32(4): 319-330.

Akhavan, A., S. Strelkov, H. Askarian, S. Kher, M. Fraser, H.R. Kutcher and T.K. Turkington. 2017. Sensitivity of western Canadian Pyrenophora teres f. teres and P. teres f. maculata isolates to propiconazole and pyraclostrobin. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 39(1): 11-24.

Tanino, K., I.R. Willick, K. Hamilton, P. Vijayan, Y. Jiang, G.S. Brar, P. Yu, L. Kalcsits, R. Lahlali, B. Smith, D.B. Fowler, H.R. Kutcher, R. Bueckert, T. Warkentin and C. Karunakaran. 2017. Chemotyping using synchrotron mid-infrared and X-ray spectroscopy to improve agricultural production. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97(6): 982-996.

Brar, G.S. and H.R. Kutcher. 2016. Race characterization of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, the cause of wheat stripe rust, in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada and virulence comparison with races from the USA. Plant Dis. 100(8): 1744-1753.  

Cholango Martinez, L.P., X. Zhang, P. Hucl, and H.R. Kutcher. 2016. First report of Fusarium head blight, caused by Fusarium graminearum on annual canarygrass (Phalaris canariensis) in Saskatchewan, Canada. Plant Dis. 100(8): 1780. 

Beres, B.L., T.K. Turkington, H.R. Kutcher, B. Irvine, E.N. Johnson, J.T. O’Donovan, K.N. Harker, C.B. Holzapfel, R. Mohr, G. Peng and D.M. Spanner. 2016. Winter wheat cropping system response to seed treatments, seed size and sowing density. Agron. J. 108(3): 1101-1111 doi:10.2134/agronj2015.0497.

Turkington, T.K., O’Donovan, J.T., Harker, K.N., Xi, Blackshaw, R.E., Johnson, E.N., Peng, G., Kutcher, H.R., May, W. E., Lafond, G. P., Mohr, R., and Irvine, R.B. 2015. The impact of fungicide and herbicide timing on foliar disease severity, and barley productivity and quality. Can. J. Plant Sci. 95: 525-537.

Kutcher, H.R., S.A. Brandt, E.G. Smith, D. Ulrich, S.S. Malhi and A.M Johnston. 2013. Blackleg disease of canola mitigated by resistant cultivars and four-year crop rotations in western Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 35: 209-221.

Awards and Medals

  • College of Agriculture and Bioresources top teaching award-the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit. (NACTA) , 2020
  • Provost College Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2020


  • PLSC 335.3: Field Crop Disease Management/Integrated Pest Management