Research

Integrated management of stripe rust in wheat for Alberta (2016-2019)

  • Term: Three years, beginning in 2016
  • Funding Amount: $168,000
  • Lead Researcher(s): Dean Spaner (U of A)
  • Funding Partners: Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
  • Project Description: Severe epidemics of stripe rust may cause up to 50% yield losses. Since 2000, stripe rust has been observed every year with serious epidemics reported in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in some parts of Western Canada. Genetic resistance is the most effective and environment friendly strategy to control stripe rust. This project is expected to improve the understanding of the genetics of stripe rust resistance in Western Canada and facilitate development of stripe rust resistant wheat cultivars.

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Evaluation of exogenous dsRNA application for species-specific control of fusarium

The aim of this project will be to determine if synthetic dsRNA can be used for the control and prevention of FHB in wheat.

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