Richard Hogue, Ph.D.

Richard Hogue, researcher

Richard Hogue

Researcher

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About

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).

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Phytopathology of potatoes, berries, and field crops
  • Microbial ecology of agricultural soils and monitoring of agri-environmental bio-indicators of the microbiological quality of soils and water

Richard Hogue has extensive expertise in the detection and identification of pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms.

Related research project(s)

Potato plants
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Biological characterization of soils to increase potato productivity and soil sustainability

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.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Strawberry fields forever
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Identifying the causes of strawberry decline disease with a view to developing an integrated control strategy

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. 

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Soil
2016-2018 • Field crops

Identifying biological indicators of soil health using metagenomic analysis of soil under different grain cropping systems

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.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Potatoes
2016-2017 • Market gardening

Adapting quantitative detection methods for determining silver scurf injury thresholds both in the soil and on seed potatoes to model potential economic losses

The fungal pathogen Helminthosporium solani causes silver scurf, a disease that is hard to detect, both in the soil and on harvested potatoes.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Blueberries
2016 • Fruit production

Detecting spores of Pucciniastrum geopertianum, the fungus that causes blueberry witches’ broom rust

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.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
DNA
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Validating microbial indicators of potato field productivity based on metagenomic analysis

The current project is designed to check the predictability of the biological productivity score.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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