Sabine Banniza

Professor and Strategic Research Chair in Pulse Crop Pathology. Crop Development Centre. University of Saskatchewan. Canada

Dr. Sabine Banniza is a Professor and Strategic Research Chair in Pulse Crop Pathology at the Crop Development Centre of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where she has been working on pulse crop diseases for more than 20 years. Much of her research has focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions of pulse crops and their implications on population dynamics, resistance breeding and disease management in pea, lentil, chickpea, bean and faba bean crops. A considerable amount of research has concentrated on foliar fungal diseases, in particular the pathogen Colletotrichum lentis of lentil, whose genome was sequenced and interaction with the host has been dissected. With the emergence of root rots in the last 10 years, her group has focused on emerging root rot pathogens, particularly Aphannomyces euteiches and Fusarium spp. with the objective to identify durable resistance in pea, lentil and chickpea.