Richard Hogue (Ph.D.) holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Université de Sherbrooke and a master's degree and doctorate in plant biology from Université Laval. He was hired by Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec in 1986, and joined the IRDA research team in 1998. Richard is passionate about microbial ecology, and heads up LEM (the microbial ecology laboratory) at IRDA, where he has developed in-house expertise methods for detecting and identifying pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms. He also works on the characterization of microbial indicators of agricultural soil health in the context of crop production and protection. He collaborates on projects dealing with the production of green energy from biomass conversion and the development of biological treatment systems for managing air and water quality. He also directs LAB (the biological analysis laboratory), which the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved for detecting 10 seed potato pathogenic agents (bacteria, viruses, and viroids).
To increase the productivity of potato production systems and preserve soil quality, we need to enhance our knowledge of interactions among biological, physical, chemical, and agronomic characteristics of cultivated soils in various environments.
This project involved an exhaustive survey of viruses, phytoplasma, fungi, and nematodes in nurseries and strawberry fields to determine the exact causes of strawberry decline disease in Québec.
This project was aimed at identifying and incorporating biological indicators into decision support tools used to assist producers and agroenvironmental regulatory bodies seeking to preserve soil productivity and use sustainable production systems.
The fungal pathogen Helminthosporium solani causes silver scurf, a disease that is hard to detect, both in the soil and on harvested potatoes.
The aim of the project was to determine whether the witches’ broom symptom on blueberries is really caused by the rust Pucciniastrum geopertianum, which attacks balsam.
The current project is designed to check the predictability of the biological productivity score.
Scientific article • Richard HogueGuertin, J. F., M. Zitouni, P. Tanguay, R. Hogue, C. Beaulieu. 2018. Detection of Delphinella shoot blight in plantations of balsam fir (Abies balsamea) Christmas trees in Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. Vol. 40, 2018. 12 p. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2018.1547791. Guertin, J. F., M. Zitouni, P. Tanguay, R. Hogue, C. Beaulieu. 2018. Detection of Delphinella shoot blight in plantations of balsam fir (Abies balsamea) Christmas trees in Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. Vol. 40, 2018. 12 p. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2018.1547791. Download Download
Research report • Richard HogueHogue, C. 2009. Évaluation de combinaisons de moyens de lutte à la gale commune et à la rhizoctonie de la pomme de terre. IRDA. 35 pages. Hogue, C. 2009. Évaluation de combinaisons de moyens de lutte à la gale commune et à la rhizoctonie de la pomme de terre. IRDA. 35 pages. Download Download