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Research Project: Fusarium Head Blight Resistance Breeding at MSU

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Project Number: 0500-00053-005-135-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: May 1, 2022
End Date: Apr 30, 2026

Objectives include: 1) Develop 600 soft red and white wheat breeding populations per year focused on Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) resistance; 2) Advance F4-derived lines to replicated testing using genomic selection for grain yield and FHB resistance; and 3) Phenotype over 1,200 wheat lines for grain yield and FHB resistance.

Two crossing cycles per year and the ‘minibulk’ system will be used to develop 600 F4 populations. Between 1,900 to 2,850 inbred lines will be SNP-genotyped each year and genomic selection will be implemented to advance lines with high predicted grain yield and low DON levels to replicated testing.