Start Date: Apr 24, 2011
End Date: Apr 23, 2014
Project 1: (i) Isolate and characterize barley homologs of the chitin receptor; (ii) Identify the authentic barley chitin receptor through functional complementation of defined mutants in Physcomitrella and Arabidopsis; and (iii) Create constructs for the suppression of the chitin receptor in transgenic barley. Project 2: Barley plants will be characterized for the presence and expression of the selectable marker gene and the transgene. Plants will be propagated, allowed to set seed and the progeny assayed for resistance to FHB in controlled and contained conditions.