6 February, 2015
Greetings from the National Sclerotinia Initiative!
The recent 13th Annual National Sclerotinia Meeting, 21-23 January, 2015, was well attended and featured reports of significant progress made by Initiative participants. The program booklet is available here – 2015 Program
Although currently awaiting the specifics of our FY2015 operating levels, we are busy preparing for funding this year’s research program. The Scientific Review Panel is currently evaluating twenty two submitted Pre-Plans-of Work, and the NSI Steering Committee is scheduled to meet in Ft. Collins, CO on Thursday, 23 April, 2015. We hope to be able to communicate ARS programmatic decisions to PI’s during early May this year.
Please be sure to check this web page – see left & table below – for updates, and please be sure to mark your calendars for the 14th Annual National Sclerotinia Meeting, 20-22 January, 2016.
The National Sclerotinia Initiative (NSI) employs an integrated and collaborative approach to guide research on the effective development of diagnostic technologies, disease management systems, genomic resources, and crop germplasm exhibiting durable resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, also known as white mold. To date, the NSI has produced no fewer than thirty nine germplasm releases with improved tolerance to white mold; pinto bean (7), pea (5), sunflower (12), common bean (8), soybean (4), chickpea (1), and lentil (2). NSI funded projects have also contributed to more than twenty five important variety releases with improved white mold resistance in pinto bean, soybean, common bean, lentil, great northern bean, and sunflower. The strategic deployment and use of these genetic resources by plant breeders, both public and private, will reduce losses to this devastating disease and help sustain the competitiveness of U.S. canola, pea, lentil, chickpea, common bean, soybean, and sunflower producers in domestic and global markets. The current Strategic Milestones and Accomplishment Report as well as related documents and information are located in the table at the bottom of this page.
Sincerely…W. P. Kemp