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Establishing a seed testing protocol and greenhouse/growth cabinet based disease evaluation method to improve disease management against bacterial leaf streak in barley

Establishing a seed testing protocol and greenhouse/growth cabinet based disease evaluation method to improve disease management against bacterial leaf streak in barley

  • Start date: 2021
  • Project Length: 3 Years
  • Project Status: In Progress

Background

Benefits to MB Producers: In 2019, 96% of the barley produced in Canada was from the prairie provinces and production is expected to increase due to the large demand from the Asian market as well as the craft brewing sector. However, barley production is frequently threatened by a number of diseases that cause significant yield and quality loss. Recently, a new issue, Bacterial Leaf Streak on barley and other small grain cereals, has been frequently reported across western Canada, especially in crop production under sprinkler irrigation.

Objectives:
  • Objective 1: Establish a seed testing protocol to detect pathogenic X. translucens.
  • Objective 2: Establish a greenhouse/growth cabinet based disease evaluation method to screen barley germplasm for resistance to BLS and determine the virulence of the pathogen.
  • Objective 3: Determine BLS prevalence and virulence of X. translucens strains isolated from barley samples across western Canada.
Manitoba Crop Alliance Funding:

$7,792

Total Funding Approved:

$258,740

Funding Partners:

SBDC