Maria Antonia Henriquez

Wheat Pathologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Dr. Maria Antonia Henriquez is a wheat pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) stationed at the Morden Research and Development Centre (MRDC). She has more than 18 years of research experience in the area of plant pathology. Maria Antonia’s research program strives to find innovative and sustainable technologies to enhance genetic resistance and management strategies for Fusarium head blight (FHB) and leaf spot diseases in spring wheat and winter wheat. She also manages a large spring wheat FHB nursery, and screen cultivars proposed for registration, wheat germplasm, mapping populations, and provides data for all spring wheat breeders in western Canada, and collaborators across Canada and abroad. In total 40,000 plots are evaluated for FHB annually. Dr. Henriquez is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba. Currently, Dr. Henriquez is member of the Prairie Grain Development Committee: Wheat, Rye & Triticale Recommending Committee, the International Cooperation Committee and the Financial Advisory Committee of the Canadian Phytopathological Society.