The population structure of Fusarium pathogens of small grain cereals, their ...

The population structure of Fusarium pathogens of small grain cereals, their distribution and relationship to mycotoxins

Researchers: Dilantha Fernando
Keywords: Barley Fusarium Wheat
Start Date: 2019
Status: In Progress

Lead Researcher:  Dilantha Fernando, Dept. of Plant Science University of Manitoba
Start Date:  2019
Project Length: 5 Years (2019- 2023)
Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS 

Objectives:  To improve yield and grain quality in Canada by identifying chemotypes of Fusarium species, it’s distribution and relationship to mycotoxins, and their impact to the grain industry. 2 Pillars:

  • Evaluation of western Canadian population structure and chemotype dynamics of Fusarium graminearum in cereals (wheat, barley, corn and oats).
  • Determine prevalence, population structure and mycotoxins of Fusarium poae affecting small grain cereals in western Canada.

Total project cost:  $1,744,325
MWBGA funding approved:  
$178,947
Partner funding: 
$1,565,378
Funding Partners:
MWBGA, WGRF, AWC, BMBRI, SBDC, and SWDC

Benefits to MB Producers:  Information from this study will be important in developing disease forecast models which enable growers to make economic decisions about Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) disease management strategies.