27 October 2016
Greetings from the National Sclerotinia Initiative!
2017 15th Annual National Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, to Friday, January 20, 2017
Location: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Hotel
3 Appletree Square (I-494 & 34th Avenue South)
Bloomington, MN 55425
Deadline for FY2017 Pre-Plans of Work: Friday, December 9, 2016
Deadline for 2017 15th Annual Meeting Abstracts: Friday, December 16, 2016
Deadline for 2017 15th Annual Meeting Registration: Friday, December 16, 2016
Deadline for 2017 15th Annual Meeting Hotel Registration: Tuesday, December 27, 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. As of 2015, the NSI has produced no fewer than forty six germplasm releases with improved tolerance to white mold; pinto bean (7), pea (5), sunflower (16), common bean (8), soybean (7), 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.
Michael E. Foley
Kimberly K Swanson
|The ARS-led National Sclerotinia Initiative supports 20 different projects aimed at neutralizing white mold's economic threat to seven different crops: sunflower, soybean, canola, edible dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas. This consortium of federal and state university scientists includes 10 land grant universities and five crop commodity groups, and is led by the Agricultural Research Service, the USDA's chief scientific research agency.|
2017 Annual Meeting
Pre-plans of work are now being accepted for The 2017 Annual Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting. The deadline for submitting pre-plans of work is December 9, 2016.
Sclerotinia sclerotiorumis a plant pathogenic fungus that causes important diseases known as white mold, Sclerotinia stem rot, wilt or stalk rot, or Sclerotinia head rot on a wide variety of broadleaf crops. It is commonly found damaging dry beans, sunflowers, soybeans, canola, peanut, and lentils.
About the National Sclerotinia Initiative
On January 20-22, 2004, approximately 80 scientists and related stakeholders with knowledge of the fungal disease, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (white mold) participated in an annual meeting/workshop hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more>
|2017 Meeting Information|
|2016 Meeting Information|
|2015 Meeting Information|
|2014 Meeting Information|
|2013 Meeting Information|
|2012 Meeting Information|
|2011 Meeting Information|
|Strategic Milestones and Accomplishment Report|