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Examining Fusarium Growth and Interactions with Barley Trichomes Under the Hull

Examining Fusarium growth and interactions with barley trichomes under the hull

  • Start date: 2021
  • Project Length: 2 Years
  • Project Status: In Progress


Benefits to MB Producers: Durable, broad-spectrum resistance against fusarium head blight (FHB) requires on-going selection during the development of new barley cultivars. FHB, and the mycotoxins associated with this disease, costs barley growers millions of dollars and damages the reputation of Canadian barley on international markets. This work will accelerate improvements in FHB resistance in barley, by indicating whether selection on floral traits could reduce infection by Fusarium.

  • Objective 1: Characterize trichomes on inner and outer surfaces of barley florets, across varieties and breeding lines.
  • Objective 2: Characterize the growth of Fusarium graminearum under the barley hull and in relation to trichomes.
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