Location: Cereal Disease Laboratory
Project Number: 5062-21220-020-48
Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2012
Conduct field surveys for grass or cereal plants bearing teliospores of Puccinia graminis whose dormancy has been broken by weathering through the winter (exposed teliospores release basidiospores and infect susceptible barberry plants). 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.