Plant Canada 2024

Workshop – Plant Canada 2024

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R for biovigilance of phytopathogens based on metabarcoding approach

Metabarcoding combines DNA barcoding with high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies for rapid and high-throughput identification of multiple species from environmental samples, offering a powerful tool for biodiversity studies and ecosystem monitoring. It has transformed our ability to profile complex microbial communities and track plant pathogens in various environments.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience in metabarcoding-based community analysis using R, a versatile programming language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. You will learn about various R packages and tools that are essential for community data analysis, enabling you to effectively analyze and interpret metabarcoding data.

This workshop is designed to demonstrate how you may use metabarcoding for plant pathogen monitoring and tracking. This is crucial for early detection and management of plant diseases and for agriculture and biodiversity conservation. We will explore case studies and practical applications, highlighting how metabarcoding, combined with R analysis, becomes a potential diagnostic tool for Biovigilance of phytopathogens.

Date: July 7, 2024 from 2:30-4:30PM in Meeting Room 17

Duration: 2 hours

Limited to 50 participants.
Cost $25

Instructors

Dr. Hervé Van Der Heyden;
Dr. Wen Chen;
Dr. Shaheen Bibi
Dr. Carol Bvindi

Organisers

Dr. Wen Chen, Ottawa RDC, AAFC; Department of Biology, uOttawa
Dr. Hervé Van Der Heyden, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu RDC, AAFC
Dr. Guillaume Bilodeau, CFIA – Fallowfield

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