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Research Project: Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

Location: Cereal Disease Lab

Project Number: 5062-21220-023-09-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2016
End Date: Dec 31, 2019

Objective:
Prioritize surveillance activities that maintain and improve established and successful core surveillance platforms for stem rust, with some inclusion of stripe rust. They would include: 1) maintaining and enhancing the information platform and core databases for tracking and monitoring wheat rust diseases; 2) delivering accurate and timely information on wheat rust diseases; 3) characterizing pathogens through traditional race analyses in Ethiopian national laboratories and backstopped by ARIs; 4) expanding the use of molecular diagnostics and genotyping of stem rust in East Africa; 5) determining host resistance of commercial cultivars and advanced lines; and 6) developing a vulnerability assessment tool.

Approach:
1) expand the existing surveillance and monitoring system to include other high priority wheat diseases (i.e., stripe rust, leaf rust, Septoria and spot blotch); 2) expand and enhance national capacity to undertake disease surveillance and monitoring in East Africa and South Asia; 3) complete targeted barberry surveillance in East Africa and South Asia; 4) expand the use of molecular diagnostics and genotyping of stem, stripe and leaf rust in East Africa and South Asia; 6) enhance host resistance determination and new marker development; and 7) conduct a feasibility study on the use of remote sensing for disease monitoring.