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The MacLean Lab

We are a diverse lab at the University of Ottawa that engages in many different research directions but the heart of our program is focused on plants and microbes. We are not afraid to take on a new challenge, and have extensive experience in the study of those most difficult of microorganisms, the obligate symbionts that require a living host to survive, and cannot be genetically transformed. Our goal is to improve understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underpin plant-microbe interactions, representing an intersect between the disciplines of plant biology and microbiology.

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Stillage is a waste product generated from the fermentation of milk permeate to produce ethanol. In this project, we partner with Dairy Distillery to explore how stillage might be utilized as a novel fertilizer to enhance the growth of various edible crops.

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Clubroot

Plasmodiophora brassicae

Our goal is to provide knowledge that may be exploited to accelerate both traditional breeding and transgenic approaches of enhancing clubroot-resistant germplasms as a means of protecting the valuable Canadian canola industry.

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In response to the 2019 global pandemic, our lab is re-directing our efforts towards developing a vaccine that is safe and effective against SARS-CoV2.

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Our goal is to discover host and fungal genes/proteins that mediate symbiotic interactions, with a potential application towards improving crop productivity whilst reducing the input of chemical fertilizers in agriculture.

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