Fusarium Head Blight Nursery in Carman

Fusarium Head Blight Nursery in Carman

Researchers: Anita Brule-Babel
Keywords: Fusarium Wheat
Start Date: 2019
Status: In Progress

Lead Researcher:  Anita Brule Babel, University of Manitoba
Start Date:  2019
Project Length: 3 Years (2019- 2022)
Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS

Objectives:  

1) To generate field data (disease incidence, severity and index) for 5000 lines annually from spring wheat breeders (includes an additional 1000 spaces for durum wheat from previous GF2).

2) To generate field data (disease incidence, severity and index) for 2500 lines annually from winter wheat breeders.

3) To provide Fusarium damaged kernels (FDK) and DON data for all entries in the registration and post-registration trials in addition to field data (years 4 and 5), and for up to 300 samples per year from the U of M winter wheat breeding program.

4) To generate field data (disease incidence, severity and index) for FHB mapping and other genetic studies (1900 plots annually).

5) To train three undergraduate students per year in field and laboratory techniques associated with breeding and plant pathology.

Total project cost:  $281,687
MWBGA funding approved: 
$47,328
Partner funding: 
$234,359
Funding Partners:
CWRC

Benefits to MB Producers:  Development of FHB resistant cultivars will protect the wheat industry from losses to the disease, ensure continued competitiveness of Canadian wheat in international markets, and ensure that Canadian wheat is a healthy and safe product for use as food and feed worldwide. Finally, this nursery will provide training for undergraduate students that will contribute to Canada’s human resource and ensure that we remain competitive in wheat research.