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