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Research Project: Wheat Breeding for Enhanced Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) Resistance in North Dakota

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Project Number: 0500-00053-005-092-G
Project Type: Grant

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

The objective of this project is to select for higher levels FHB resistance in North Dakota spring wheat. Cultivars must be at least moderately resistant to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), relative to resistant checks. This is accomplished by intensive selection, and should be as efficient as possible because these data drive genetic gain.

All experimental lines are screened annually in at least two misted, inoculated FHB nurseries. Significant weight is placed upon damage to kernels by measuring Fusarium damaged kernels (FDK) and Deoxynivalenol content (DON) in these controlled environments. Further incorporating seed image data and genomic prediction models will drive efficiency.