Characterizing the Fusarium species that affect major crops in Manitoba

Characterizing the Fusarium species that affect major crops in Manitoba

Researchers: Fouad Daayf Xiben Wang
Keywords: Barley Fusarium Wheat
Start Date: 2016
Status: In Progress

Collaborators: Maria Antonia Henriquez, AAFC, Morden Research & Development Centre; Debra McLaren, AAFC, Brandon Research & Development Centre

Project Length: 2 Years (2016-18)

Objectives: This project will attempt to unravel important information on issues occurring in fields for soybean and pulse growers as well as for wheat, barley and oat producers.

  1. cross-pathogenicity between the Fusarium strains (including F. graminearum) infecting soybean and those infecting wheat, barley, and oat;
  2. competitiveness of Fusarium species isolated from both pea/soybean and cereals;
  3. toxin producing potential of the F. graminearum isolates from soybean versus those from cereals;
  4. genetic diversity of selected Fusarium species infecting these crops.

MWBGA Funding: $82,400

Total Funding Approved: $174,800

Funding Partners: Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, NSERC-Mitacs

Benefits to MB Producers: important for risk mitigation for animal and human health when toxins are considered. Continuously assessing the activity of the Fusarium species found in the crops cited above is crucial in monitoring the threats they represent to crops, for growers, and the industry in general.