Alireza Navabi

A. Navabi
Associate Professor
Grain farmers of Ontario Professorship in Wheat Breeding



(519) 824-4120 x56829


(519) 763-8933


B.Sc. Shiraz University (Iran)
M.Sc. Azad University (Iran)
Ph.D. University of Alberta



316 CRSC

The University of Guelph Wheat Breeding Program focuses on developing novel wheat varieties with enhanced productivity, quality, disease resistance, and improved utility in the cropping systems, with particular emphasis on the winter grown crop in south-western Ontario. Our research also include genetics and genomics studies to 1) better understand the mechanisms controlling environmental adaptation of wheat in response to environmental variation, 2) develop new breeding and selection strategies using novel tools, and 3) characterize the genetic factors controlling important traits in wheat.


Selected Publications: 

J. G. Boersma, R. L. Conner, P. M. Balasubramanian, A. Navabi , K. Yu, A. Hou. 2014. Combining resistance to common bacterial blight, anthracnose, and bean common mosaic virus into Manitoba-adapted dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cultivars. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 94(2): 405-415.

Zou, X, C. Shi, R. S. Austin, D. Merico, S. Munholland, F. Marsolais, A. Navabi, W. L. Crosby, K. P. Pauls, K. Yu, Y. Cui. 2013. Genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism and Insertion-Deletion discovery through next-generation sequencing of reduced representation libraries in common bean. Molecular Breeding 33(4):769-778. (doi:10.1007/s11032-013-9997-7).

Navabi, A., P. Balasubramanian, K.P. Pauls, K. Bett, and A. Hou. 2014. Genetic diversity of the Canadian dry bean varieties released since 1930: a pedigree analysis. Crop Science 54:1004-1014.

Durham, K. M., W. Xie, K. Yu, K. P. Pauls, E. Lee, and A. Navabi. 2013. Interaction of common bacterial blight Quantitative trait loci in a resistant inter-cross population of common bean. Plant Breeding 132:658-666. doi : 10.1111/pbr.12103.

Perry G. E., DiNatale C., Xie W., Shi C., Navabi A., Reinprecht Y., Crosby W. C., Yu K., Pauls K. P. 2013. A comparison of the molecular organization of genomic regions associated with resistance to common bacterial blight in two Phaseolus vulgaris genotypes. Frontiers in Plant Science 4:318. doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00318.

Kamran, A., M. Iqbal, A. Navabi, H. Randhawa, C. Pozniak, and D. Spaner. 2013. Earliness per se QTLs and their interaction with the photoperiod insensitive allele Ppd-D1a in the Cutler × AC Barrie spring wheat population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126:1965–1976. DOI 10.1007/s00122-013-2110-0.

Khanal, S., J. Xue, R. Khanal, W. Xie, J. Shi, K. P. Pauls, and A. Navabi. 2013. Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis of Folate Content in Dry Beans, Phaseolus vulgaris L. International Journal of Agronomy (Open Access: 2013: doi:10.1155/2013/983641.

Navabi A., Rupert, T., Park, S. J, Yu, K., Smith, T. H. and Pauls, K. P. 2013. Apex common bean. Can. J. Plant Sci. 93: 131-135.

Shi, C., Yu, K., Xie, W., Perry, G., Navabi, A., Pauls, K.P., Miklas, P.N., and Deidré, F. 2012. Development of candidate gene markers associated to common bacterial blight resistance in common bean. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 125:1525–1537.

Smith, T.H., T. E. Michaels, A. Navabi, and K. P. Pauls. 2012. Rexeter common bean. Canadian Journal Plant Science. 92: 351–353.

Smith, T.H., T. E. Michaels, A. Navabi, and K. P. Pauls. 2012. OAC Inferno common bean. Canadian Journal Plant Science 92: 589-592.

Xie, W., Yu, K., Pauls, K. P., and Navabi, A. 2012. Application of Image Analysis in Genetic Studies of Quantitative Disease Resistance: Exemplified Using Common Bacterial Blight-Common Bean Pathosystem. Phytopathology 102:434-442.

Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P., Conner, R. L., Park, S., Yu, K., Kiehn, F. A. and Navabi, A. 2011. Portage common bean. Can. J. Plant Sci. 91: 523-525.

Shi, C., Navabi, A., and Yu, K. 2011. Association mapping of common bacterial blight resistance QTL in Ontario bean breeding populations. BMC Plant Biology 11:52. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-11-52.

Reid, T. A., R-C. Yang, D. F. Salmon, A. Navabi, D. Spaner. 2011. Realized gains from selection for spring wheat grain yield are different in conventional and organically managed systems. Euphytica 177:253–266.

Shi, C., Chaudhary, S., Yu, K., Park, S. J., Navabi, A., and McClean, P. E. 2011. Identification of candidate genes associated with CBB resistance in common bean HR45 (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) using cDNA-AFLP. Molecular Biology Report 38:75–81.

Goyal, A., B. L. Beres, H. Randhawa, A. Navabi, D. Salmon, and F. Eudes. 2010. Yield stability analysis of broadly adaptive triticale germplasm in southern and central Alberta, Canada for industrial end-use suitability. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 91: 125-135.

Park, S. J., Rupert, T., Yu, K., and Navabi, A. 2009. Red Rider common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 89: 925-927.

Reid, T. A., Navabi, A., Cahill, J. C., Salmon, D., and Spaner, D., 2009. A genetic analysis of weed competitive ability in spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 89: 591-599.

Kaut, A. H. E. E., H. Mason., A. Navabi, J. T. O'Donovan, and D. Spaner. 2009. Performance and stability of performance of spring wheat variety mixtures in organic and conventional management systems in western Canada. Journal of Agricultural Science: 147:141-153.

Navabi, A., D. E. Mather, J. Bernier, D. M. Spaner, and G. N. Atlin. 2009. QTL detection with bidirectional and unidirectional selective genotyping: marker-based and trait-based analyses. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 118:347-358.

Kaut, A. H. E. E., H. Mason, A. Navabi, J. T. O’Donovan, and D. Spaner. 2008. Organic and conventional management of mixtures of wheat and spring cereals. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 28:363-371.

Iqbal, M., A. Navabi, R.-C. Yang, D. F. Salmon, and D. Spaner. 2007. Molecular characterization of vernalization response genes in Canadian spring wheat. Genome 50:511-516.

Mason, H., A. Navabi, B. Frick, J. O’Donovan, and D. Spaner. 2007. Cultivar and seeding rate effects on the competitive ability of spring cereals grown under organic production in northern Canada. Agronomy Journal 99:1199-1207.

Iqbal, M., A. Navabi, R-C. Yang, D. F. Salmon, and D. Spaner. 2007. The effect of vernalization genes on earliness and related agronomic traits of spring wheat in northern growing regions. Crop Science 47:1031-1039.

Mason, H. E., A. Navabi, B. L. Frick, J. T. O'Donovan, and D. M. Spaner. 2007. The Weed-Competitive Ability of Canada Western Red Spring Wheat Cultivars Grown under Organic Management. Crop Science 47:1167-1176.

Iqbal, M., A. Navabi, D. F. Salmon, R-C. Yang, B. M. Murdoch, S. S. Moore and D. Spaner, 2007. Genetic analysis of flowering and maturity time in high latitude spring wheat. Euphytica 154:207-218.

Mason, H., A. Navabi, B. Frick, J. O’Donovan, D. Niziol, and D. Spaner. 2007. Does growing Canadian hard red spring wheat under organic management alter its bread-making quality? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 22:157-167.

Iqbal, M., A. Navabi, D.F. Salmon, R-C. Yang and D. Spaner, 2006. Simultaneous selection for early maturity, increased grain yield and elevated grain protein content in spring wheat. Plant Breeding 126:244-250.

Iqbal, M., A. Navabi, D. F. Salmon, R.-C. Yang, and D. Spaner. 2006. A genetic examination of early flowering and maturity in Canadian spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 86: 995–1004.

Navabi, A., M. Iqbal, K. Strenzke, and D. Spaner. 2006. The relationship between lodging and plant height in a diverse wheat population. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 86:723-726.

Navabi, A., R-C. Yang, J. Helm, and D. M. Spaner. 2006. Can spring wheat-growing mega-environment in the northern Great Plains be dissected for representative locations or niche-adapted genotypes? Crop Science 46:1107-1116.

Spaner, D., A. G. Todd, A. Navabi, D. B. McKenzie and L. A.Goonewardene. 2005. Can leaf chlorophyll measures at differing growth stages be used as an indicator of winter wheat and spring barley nitrogen requirements in eastern Canada? Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 191:393-399.

Navabi, A., R. P. Singh, J. Huerta-Espino, and J. P. Tewari. 2005. Phenotypic association of adult-plant resistance to leaf and stripe rusts in wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 27:396-403.

Navabi, A., J. P. Tewari, R. P. Singh, B. McCallum, A. Laroche, and K. G. Briggs. 2005. Inheritance and QTL analysis of durable resistance to stripe and leaf rusts in an Australian wheat cultivar, Triticum aestivum ‘Cook’. Genome 48:97-107.

Navabi, A., R. P. Singh, J. P. Tewari, and K. G. Briggs. 2004. Inheritance of high levels of adult-plant resistance to stripe rust in five spring wheat genotypes. Crop Science 44:1156-1162.

Navabi, A., R. P. Singh, J. P. Tewari, and K. G. Briggs. 2003. Genetic analysis of adult-plant resistance to leaf rust in five spring wheat genotypes. Plant Disease 87:1522-1529.