Application and Evaluation of Genomic Selection for Improving Fusarium Head B...

Application and Evaluation of Genomic Selection for Improving Fusarium Head Blight Resistance and Lowering Deoxynivalenol Accumulation in Two-Row Malting Barley

Researchers: Anna Badea Dilantha Fernando
Keywords: Barley Fusarium Genomics
Start Date: 2015
Status: Complete

Project Length: 3 Years (2015-2018)

Objectives: To evaluate the accuracy and efficiency of genomic selection as a new method to breed for FHB resistance in Canadian two-row malting barley. If successful this new method could be implemented in the AAFC Brandon breeding programs and other Canadian breeding programs. The adoption of this method will assist barley breeders to more effectively develop malting varieties with low DON accumulation. This research is aimed to lower DON levels in barley, which is of critical importance for reclamation of lost barley acres and protection of those existing currently. This objective is allied with the “urgent” goal of the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute’s list of “Desirable Quality Traits in Malting Barley for BMBRI Member Companies”.

MWBGA funding: In-Kind Research Management

Total funding approved: $157,165

Funding Partners: Western Grains Research Foundation, MWBGA and Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI) part of Manitoba’s GF2 programs
Benefits to MB Producers: new approach to breed for future FHB resistance in two-row barley. This project is expected to involve and result in the training of a Ph.D. student who has significant experience in barley breeding, germplasm screening and evaluations for FHB resistance in Canadian barley germplasm, and will contribute to succession planning for the future of the barley research community.