Plant Pathologist, AAFC Lethbridge Research and Development Centre
Syama joined AAFC-Lethbridge in July 2011 as the pulse and special crops pathologist. Her research focuses on management of root and foliar diseases of pulse crops, and molecular diagnostics and identification of soilborne pathogens. She currently leads numerous research projects on pea root rot, white mold of dry bean, and chocolate spot of faba bean. She published the first report describing Aphanomyces root rot in pea in Alberta in 2013, and has been on a journey of discovery of this disease every since.