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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: USING GENETIC DIVERSITY OF IMPROVE QUANTITATIVE DISEASE RESISTANCE AND AGRONOMIC TRAITS OF CORN Title: Breeding for Improved Resistance to Fumonisin Contamination in Maize

Authors
item Eller, Magen
item Payne, Gary - NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV
item Holland, Jim

Submitted to: Toxin Reviews
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 1, 2008
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Citation: Eller, M.S., Payne, G., Holland, J.B. 2008. Breeding for Improved Resistance to Fumonisin Contamination in Maize. Toxin Review. 27:371-389.

Interpretive Summary: Maize grain infected by the fungus Fusarium verticillioides may contain a mycotoxin called fumonisin, which is associated with livestock and human diseases. To reduce levels of fumonisin in grain, efforts are underway to identify sources of maize with increased resistance to fungal infection and fumonisin contamination. Field and laboratory techniques have been developed to measure both Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination. Application of these techniques has led to the identification of resistant maize lines and facilitated genetic analysis of resistance to ear rot and fumonisin accumulation. Maize genetics and breeding studies are guiding strategies to improve resistance to fumonisin accumulation.

Technical Abstract: Maize grain infected by Fusarium verticillioides may contain the mycotoxin fumonisin, which is associated with livestock and human diseases. To reduce levels of fumonisin in grain, efforts are underway to identify sources of maize with increased resistance to fungal infection and fumonisin contamination. Field and laboratory techniques have been developed to measure both Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination. Application of these techniques has led to the identification of resistant maize lines and facilitated genetic analysis of resistance to ear rot and fumonisin accumulation. Maize genetics and breeding studies are guiding strategies to improve resistance to fumonisin accumulation.

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