Location: Cereal Disease Laboratory
2012 Annual Report
USDA-APHIS maintains quarantine against cultivars of barberry and Mahonia that are susceptible to the wheat stem rust fungus. Research is required to determine whether any new barberry cultivar developed for sale in ornamental landscape plantings is susceptible to the wheat stem rust fungus. APHIS established an agreement with the CDL to support research on all new barberry cultivars within the barberry quarantine area to determine thier susceptibility to Puccinia graminis.
Evaluate cultivars for symptoms of rust infection of 1-2 weeks after inoculation. Certify new cultivars as resistant if they show no symptoms of rust infection in 12 tests in which susceptible check plants develop abundant rust.
Identify possible hybrid barberry cultivars based on plant morphology, grow seedlings from seed of suspected hybrid plants, and test them for segregation of resistance and susceptibility to P. graminis.
Test storage procedures for over-wintered teliospores and effects of temperature and moisture treatments for inducing teliospore germination of improved rates of infectious basidiospores for barberry inoculations.