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


Crop Science Building


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 includes 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.



CROP*3300 Grain Crops
MBG*2400 Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics
PLNT*6160 Advanced Plant Breeding II

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Selected Publications:

Gordon *, E., Kaviani, M., Kagale, S., Payne, T., & Navabi, A. (in press, 2018).  Genetic diversity and population structure of synthetic hexaploid-derived wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) accessions.   Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution., DOI: 10.1007/s10722-018-0711-9. 

Spaner, D. E., Iqbal, M., Navabi, A., Strenzke, K., & Beres, B. (2018).  Zealand hard red spring wheat.   Canadian Journal of Plant Science.

Carter, A., Rajcan, I., Woodrow, L., Navabi, A., & Eskandari, M. (2018).  Genotype, environment, and genotype by environment interaction for seed isoflavone concentration in soybean grown in soybean cyst nematode infested and non-Infested environments.   Field Crops Research, 216, 189-196, doi:

Whittal *, A., Kaviani, M., Graf, R., Humphreys, G., & Navabi, A. (2018).  Allelic variation of vernalization and photoperiod response genes in a diverse set of North American high latitude winter wheat genotypes.   PLoS ONE, 13 (8), e0203068.

Erfatpour, M., Navabi, A., & Pauls, K. P. (2018).  Mapping the non-darkening trait from 'Wit-rood boontje'in bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).   Theoretical and Applied Genetics.

Balasubramanian, P., Rupert, T., Marsolais, F., Park, S. J., Navabi, A., T.H. Smith, R. Khanal, A. J. Burt, and K. P. Pauls (2017).  AAC Shock navy dry bean.   Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 98 (203), 206.

Xie, W., Khanal, R., McClymont, S., Stonehouse, R., Bett, K., K. Yu, K. Peter Pauls, A. Navabi (2017).  Interaction of quantitative trait loci for resistance to common bacterial blight and pathogen isolates in Phaseolus vulgaris L.   Molecular Breeding, 37, 55-69, doi: :10.1007/s11032-017-0657-1.

Zou, J., Sagman, K., Chen, H., Iqbal, M., Asif, M., A. N'Diaye, A. Navabi, E. Perez-Lara, C. Pozniak, R-C. Yang, R. J. Graf, H. Randhawa, D. Spaner (2017).  Mapping of QTLs associated with resistance to common bunt, tan spot, leaf rust, and stripe rust in a spring wheat population.   Molecular Breeding, 37, 144, doi:

Farid*, M., H.J. Earl, K.P. Pauls and A. Navabi. (2017). Response to selection for improved nitrogen fixation in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Euphytica. 213 (99): 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-017-1885-5.

Zoe, J., K. Semgan, M. Iqbal, H. Chen, M. Asif, A. N'Diaye, A. Navabi, E. Perez-Lara, C. Pozniak, R.C. Yang, H. Randhawa and D. Spaner. (2017). QTLs associated with agronomic traits in the Attila× CDC Go spring wheat population evaluated under conventional management. PLoS ONE. 12 (2): e0171528.

Perez-Lara, E., K. Semagn, H. Chen, M. Iqbal, A. N'Diaye, A. Kamran, A. Navabi, C. Pozniak and D. Spaner. (2017). QTLs associated with agronomic traits in the Cutler × AC Barrie spring wheat mapping population using single nucleotide polymorphic markers. PLoS ONE. 11 (8): e0160623. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160623. [Contribution: 10%].

Thilakarathna, M.S., K. Janovicek, P. Johnson, D. Falk, A. Navabi and B. Deen. (2017). Frost Seeding Increases Spring Cereal Yield. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. DOI: 10.1139/CJPS-2016-0214.

Xie, W., G. Perry, C.J. Martin, Y. Shim, A. Navabi and K.P. Pauls. (2017). Molecular Characterization of Dihydroneopterin Aldolase and Aminodeoxychorismate Synthase in Common Bean-Genes Coding for Enzymes in the Folate Synthesis Pathway. Genome. DOI: 10.1139/gen-2016-0227.

Zou, J., K. Semagn, M. Iqbal, A. N'Diaye, H. Chen, M. Asif, A. Navabi, E. Perez-Lara, C. Pozniak, R.C. Yang, H. Randhawa and D. Spaner. (2016). Mapping QTLs Controlling Agronomic Traits in the 'Attila' × 'CDC Go' Spring Wheat Population under Organic Management using 90K SNP Array. Crop Science. 57. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2016.06.0459. [Contribution: 5%].

Khanal, R., T. Rupert, A. Navabi, T.H. Smith, T.E. Michaels, A.J. Burt and K. P. Pauls (2016). Bolt common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 96 (2): 218-221.

Khanal, R., T. Rupert, A. Navabi, T.H. Smith, A.J. Burt and K.P. Pauls. (2016). Fathom common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 96 (2): 276-279.

Khanal, R., T. Rupert, A. Navabi, T.H. Smith, T.E. Michaels, A.J. Burt, K.P. Pauls. (2016). Yeti kidney bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 96 (2): 280-282.

Rajsic, P., A. Weersink, A. Navabi and K.P. Pauls. (2016). Economics of genomic selection: the role of prediction accuracy and relative genotyping costs. Euphytica. 210, 259-276. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-016-1716-0.

Farid *, M., H. Earl and A. Navabi. (2015). Yield stability of dry bean genotypes across nitrogen fixation-dependent and fertilizer-dependent management systems. Crop Science. 65 (6): 173-182.

Burt, A., M. William, G. Perry, R. Khanal, K.P. Pauls, J.D. Kelly and A. Navabi. (2015). Candidate Gene Identification with SNP Marker-Based Fine Mapping of Anthracnose Resistance Gene Co-4 in Common Bean. PLoS ONE. 10 (10): e0139450. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139450.

Khanal, R., A. Navabi and L. Lukens. (2015). Linkage Map Construction and QTL Mapping Using Inter-mated vs. Selfed Recombinant Inbred Maize Line (Zea mays L.). Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95 (6): 1133-1144. DOI: 10.4141/cjps-2015-091.

Farid*, M. and A. Navabi. (2015). N2 fixation ability of different dry bean genotypes. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 95 (6): 1243-1257. DOI: 10.4141/cjps-2015-084.

Spaner, D., A. Navabi, K. Strenzke, M. Iqbal, and B. Beres. (2015). Coleman hard red spring wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 95 (5): 1037-1041. DOI: 10.4141/cjps-2015-111.

Asif, M., R.C. Yang, A. Navabi, M. Iqbal, A. Kamran, E.P. Lara, H. Randhawa, C. Pozniak and D. Spaner. (2015). Mapping QTL, Selection Differentials and the Effect of Rht-B1 under Organic and Conventionally Managed Systems in the Attila × CDC Go Spring Wheat Mapping Population. Crop Science. 55 (3): 1129-1142. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2014.01.0080.

Boersma, J., R. Conner, P. Balasubramanian, A. Navabi, K. Yu and 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. DOI: 10.4141/cjps2013-281.

Khanal*, R., A. Navabi, E.A. Lee, and L.N. Lukens. (2014). The Effect of Linkage on Genetic Variances within Biparental Simulated and Populations. Crop Science. 54 (6): 2481-2491.

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 (3): 993-1003. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2013.04.0210.

Khanal, R., A.J. Burt, L. Woodrow, P. Balasubramanian and A. Navabi. (2014). Genotypic association of parameters commonly used to predict canning quality of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Crop Science. 54: 2564-2573. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2014.02.0113.

Zou, X., C. Shi, R. Austin, D. Merico, S. Munholland, F. Marsolais, A. Navabi, W.L. Crosby, K.P. Pauls, K. Yu and Y. Cui. (2014). 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.

Khanal*, R., A. Navabi, E. Lee, and L. Lukens. (2014). Crosses among distinct early season adapted Zea mays genotypes generate high yielding hybrids with little evidence of linkage drag. Crop Science. 24: 2481-2491.

Spaner, D., A. Navabi, K. Strenzke, M. Asif and A. Brule-Babel. (2014). Registration of Hard Red Spring Wheat Germplasm PT771. Journal of Plant Registrations. 8: 221-225.

Durham*, K., 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 (6): 658-666. DOI: 10.1111/pbr.12103.

Navabi, A., T. Rupert, S. Park, K. Yu, T.H. Smith and K.P. Pauls. (2013). Apex common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 93: 131-135. DOI: 10.4141/CJPS2012-139.

Perry, G., C. Dinatale, W. Xie, A. Navabi, Y. Reinprecht, W.C. Crosby, K. Yu and K.P. Pauls. (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. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00318.

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. DOI: 10.1155/2013/983641.

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. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 126 (8): 1965-1976. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-013-2110-0.

Smith, T. H., T.E. Michael, A. Navabi and K.P. Pauls. (2012). OAC Inferno common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 63 (3): 589-592.

Shi, C., K. Yu, W. Xie, G. Perry, A. Navabi, K.P. Pauls, P.N. Miklas and F. Deidré. (2012). Development of candidate gene markers associated to common bacterial blight resistance in common bean. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 125 (7): 1525-1537. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-012-1931-6.

Smith, T.H., T.E. Michaels, A. Navabi and K.P. Pauls. (2012). OAC Inferno common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 92 (2): 589-592. DOI: 10.4141/cjps2011-186.

Smith, T.H., T.E. Michaels, A. Navabi and K.P. Pauls. (2012). Rexeter common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 92 (2): 351-353. DOI: 10.4141/cjps2011-184.

Xie, W., K. Yu, K.P. Pauls and A. Navabi. (2012). Application of Image Analysis in Genetic Studies of Quantitative Disease Resistance: Exemplified Using Common Bacterial Blight-Common Bean Pathosystem. Phytopathology. 102 (4): 434-442. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-06-11-0175.

Hou, A., P. Balasubramanian, R.L. Conner, S. Park, K. Yu, F.A. Kiehn and A. Navabi. (2011). Portage common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 91 (3): 523-525. DOI: 10.4141/cjps2010-015.

Goyal, A., B.L. Beres, H. Randhawa, A. Navabi, D. Salmon and F. Eudes (2011). 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 (1): 125-135. DOI: 10.4141/cjps10063.

Shi, C., S. Chaudhary, K. Yu, S.J. Park, A. Navabi, and P.E. McClean. (2011). Identification of candidate genes associated with CBB resistance in common bean HR45 (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) using cDNA-AFLP. Molecular Biology Reports. 38 (1): 75-81. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-010-0079-1.

Reid, T., R.C. Yang, D. Salmon, A. Navabi and D. Spaner. (2011). Realized gains from selection for spring wheat grain yield are different in conventional and organically managed systems. Euphytica. 177 (2): 253-266. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-010-0257-1.

Shi, C., A. Navabi and K. Yu. (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