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Biography
Prof. W. G. Dilantha Fernando

Prof. W. G. Dilantha Fernando

Department of Plant Science

University of Manitoba, Canada

Professor


Email: D_Fernando@UManitoba.ca


Qualifications

1990 Ph.D., plant pathology, Oregon State University, USA

1984 M.S., microbiology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

1981 B.S., botany and chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


Publications (Selected)

  1. Yunming Long, Zining Wang, Zudong Sun, W. G. Dilantha Fernando, McVetty Peter, Genyi Li. (2011) Identification of two blackleg resistance genes and fine mapping of one of these two genes in a Brassica napus canola cultivar ‘Surpass 400’. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122:1223-1231.
  2. K. Al-Taweel, W. G. D. Fernando, A. Brule-Babel. (2011) Construction and Characterization of a cDNA Library from Wheat Infected with Fusarium graminearum Fg 2. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 12: 613-626.
  3. S. N. P. Athukorala, W. G. D. Fernando, K. Y. Rashid and T. de Kievit. (2010) The role of volatile and non-volatile antibiotics produced by Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 in its root colonization and control of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Biocontrol Sci & Tech. 20:875-890.
  4. C. Selin, R. Habibian, N. Poritsanos, S. N. P. Athukorala, W. G. D. Fernando and T. R. de Kievit. (2010) Phenazines are not essential for Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 biocontrol of S. sclerotiorum, but do play a role in biofilm formation. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 71:73-83.
  5. X. W. Guo, W. G. D. Fernando, P. Bullock, H. Sapirstein. (2010) Quantifying cropping practices in relation to inoculums levels of Fusarium graminearum on stubble. Plant Pathology. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2010.02353.x.
  6. C. von der Ohe, V. Gauthier, L. Tamburic- Ilincic, A. Brule-Babel, W. G. D. Fernando, R. Clear, T. J. Ward and T. Miedaner. (2010) A comparison of aggressiveness and deoxynivalenol production between Canadian Fusarium graminearum isolates with 3-acetyl and 15-acetyldeoxynivalenol chemotypes in field-grown spring wheat. Eur. J. Plant Pathology 107:407-417.
  7. A. El-Hadrami, W. G. D. Fernando and F. Daayf. (2010) Variations in relative humidity modulate Leptosphaeria spp. pathogenicity and interfere with canola mechanisms of defense. Eur. J. Plant Pathology 126:187-202.
  8. X. Yin, B. Yi, W. Chen, W. Zhang, J. Tu, W. G. D. Fernando, Tingdong Fu. (2010) Mapping of QTLs detected in a Brassica napus DH population for resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in multiple environments. Euphytica 173: 25-35.
  9. P. B. E. McVetty, W. G. D. Fernando, G. Li, M. Tahir, C. D. Zelmer. (2010) Red River 1997 Roundup ReadyTM high erucic acid, low glucosinolate summer rape Canadian J of Plant Science 90:711-713.
  10. S. N. P. Athukorala, W. G. D. Fernando and K. Rashid. (2009) Identification of antifungal antibiotics of Bacillus species isolated from different microhabitats using Polymerase Chain Reaction and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Can J Microbiology 55:1021–32.
  11. K. Ghanbarnia, W. G. D. Fernando and G. Crow. (2009) Developing rainfall- and temperature-based models to describe infection of canola under field conditions caused by pycnidiospores of Leptosphaeria maculans. Phytopathology 99:879-886.
  12. Z. Li, Y. Wang, Y. Chen, J. Zhang and W. G. D. Fernando. (2009) Genetic diversity differentiation of S. sclerotiorum populations in sunflower. Phytoparasitica 37:77–85 Fernando, W.G.D., Ramarathnam, R., and Nakkeeran, S, 2009. Advances in crop protection practices for the environmental sustainability of cropping systems. In Integrated pest management: Innovation development process Editor R. Peshin. Publishers Springer. Pages 131-162.
  13. P. B. E. McVetty, W. G. D. Fernando, G. Li, M. Tahir and C. Zelmer. (2009) High-Eurcic acid, low-glucosinolate rapeseed (HEAR) cultivar development in Canada. In Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology. Edited by Ching T Hou and Jei-Fu Shaw. CRC Press pages43-63.
  14. W. G. D. Fernando and R. Ramarathnam. (2008) Identification and use of potential bacterial organic antifungal volatiles in biocontrol. In Prospects and applications for plant-associated microbes. A laboratory manual Part A: Bacteria. edited by Pirttila, A.M., and S. Sorvari, Finland: BioBien Innovations. Pages 256-260.
  15. W. G. D. Fernando and R. Ramarathnam. (2008) Characterization of antifungal volatile producing organic antifungal volatiles in biocontrol. In Prospects and applications for plant-associated microbes. A laboratory manual Part A: Bacteria. edited by Pirttila, A.M., and S. Sorvari, Finland: BioBien Innovations. Pages 85-90.
  16. X. W. Guo, M. S. Brock-Seow and W. G. D. Fernando. (2008) Population Structure, Chemotype Diversity, and Potential Chemotype Shifting of Fusarium graminearum in Wheat Fields of Manitoba Plant Disease 92:756-762.
  17. M. Dusabanyagasani and W. G. D. Fernando. (2008) Development of a SCAR marker to track canola resistance against blackleg caused by Leptosphaeria maculans pathogenicity group 3. Plant Disease 92: 903-908.
  18. Z. Li, M. Zhang, Y. Wang, L. Ru and W. G. D. Fernando. (2008) Mycelial compatibility group and pathogenicity variation of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum populations in sunflower from China, Canada and England. Plant Pathology J.7: 131-139.
  19. X. W. Guo, W. G. D. Fernando and M. H. Entz. (2008) Dynamics of infection by Leptosphaeria maculans on Canola as influenced by crop rotation and tillage Arch Phyto Pl Protec. 41:57-66.
  20. C. J. Jurke and W. G. D. Fernando. (2008) Effects of seeding rate and plant density on sclerotinia stem rot incidence in Canada. Arch Phyto & Plant Protec. 41:142-155.
  21. C. J. Jurke and W. G. D. Fernando. (2008) Comparison of growthroom screening techniques for the determination of physiological resistance to sclerotinia stem rot in Brassica napus. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection.157-174.