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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

CDL Welcomes New Research Leader, Dr. Shahryar Kianian

Dr. Kianian has been selected as the Research Leader for the Cereal Disease Research Unit in St. Paul., MN replacing the former Research Leader, Marty Carson. 

Dr. Kianian has been engaged in improvement of wheat for the past 15 years.  Prior to joining ARS, Dr. Kianian was on the faculty at North Dakota State University, where his research focused on different means of improving wheat and identifying the tools needed to make this process more efficient.  Dr. Kianian has been the leader in the use of radiation hybrid (RH) mapping to generate high-resolution physical maps.  His research also identified and mapped quantitative trait loci from wild type and wheat land races which imparted resistance to Fusarium head blight.  He is author or coauthor on over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, numerous edited proceedings, and book chapters. Dr. Kianian is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority of wheat genetics, alloplasmic, and genomics research.  He has been frequently approached to train others in the use of radiation hybrid mapping technology, provide consultation and advice on the application of this technology, and has received numerous invitations to present lectures, organize meetings and write book chapters on these areas.  Dr. Kianian received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC-Irvine, and his PhD in Genetics from UC-Davis.  He was a postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota prior to joining North Dakota State University.  

Dr. Yue Jin awarded Siehl Prize of Excellence in Agriculture

Dr. Yue Jin was selected for the prestigious Siehl Prize on March 19, 2013.  Read about the award.

Marty Carson, Research Leader Retires

Marty Carson, Research Leader for the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory, retired September 30, 2011.  More info.

North American Rust Workers Meeting - St. Paul, MN

The annual North American Rust Workers (NARW) Meeting was held on June 12th in St. Paul Minnesota in conjunction with the 2011 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Technical Workshop (June 13-16) at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul. 

Presentations from the NARW meeting 

Further information about the BGRI workshop can be found at the BGRI website: 

Marty Carson
USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory

Dr. Yue Jin - 2011 Emerald Honors Research Leadership Award

Dr. Yue Jin, Cereal Disease Laboratory Research Plant Pathologist, was selected by BEYA STEM Minorities in Research Science for their 2011 Emerald Honors Research Leadership Award.  For more information, please visit: 

Passing of Dr. Don McVey

Retired CDL researcher, Dr. Don McVey, died on December 16, 2010.  For more on Don and his career, please visit:

USDA Honor Awards ceremony

CDL scientists were honored at the 61st annual USDA Honor Awards ceremony, please visit:

Cereal rust situation in the U.S.

For the latest information on the cereal rust situation in the U.S., please visit:

ARS News Articles

Looking to Wheat's Wild Ancestors to Combat an Evolving Threat
Apr 07, 2014
Facility Will Help Safeguard Global Wheat Crops
Jun 13, 2011
Researchers Sequence Genomes of Fungi That Threaten Wheat, Poplars
May 09, 2011
Uncovering the Mystery of a Major Threat to Wheat
Jun 01, 2010
ARS Scientists Turn to a Wild Oat to Combat Crown Rust
Feb 04, 2010
A Better Understanding of a Major Threat to Wheat
May 05, 2009
Fighting a Worldwide Wheat Threat
Jun 16, 2008
Village Wheats May Fend Off Stem Rust
Nov 27, 2007
Heading Off World Wheat Threat
Nov 09, 2007
Sentry Lab Searches for Threats to U.S. Grains
Jun 06, 2006
ARS, Cooperators Fight New Strain of Wheat Stem Rust
Feb 01, 2006
Genomic "Jigsaw Puzzle" for Wheat Scab Fungus Is Put Together
Feb 02, 2005
Rapid Test for Global Fungal Threat
Jun 16, 2004
A Southern Wheat Rust Moves North
Aug 01, 2001
New Species of Plant Fungi
Aug 21, 2000
Seed To Fight Scab Epidemic Keeps Rolling In
Jun 28, 1999
USDA Research Yields New Wheat Variety to Help Farmers Fight Scab
May 18, 1999
Head Scab Research Gets Funding Boost
Jan 22, 1998
Last Modified: 7/31/2013