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FUSARIUM FOCUS – Volume 17, Issue 1

FUSARIUM FOCUS – Volume 17, Issue 1

2016 FHB Forum Draws 180

More than 180 scientists, graduate students, growers and industry representatives from the U.S. and foreign countries attended the 2016 National FHB Forum in early December. The 19th FHB Forum took place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event featured stakeholder and scientific invited speaker presentations, plus focused group discussions and social events for attendee interaction. Numerous research posters were on display as well, with primary authors present to discuss the research. For the fourth year, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students participated in “Flash & Dash” sessions in which they provided mini-oral presentations on posters they had at the Forum. Organized/hosted by the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI), the annual Forum provides a key venue for reports on the latest research findings on Fusarium Head Blight (scab) and deoxynivalenol (DON), the mycotoxin produced by scab infection in grains. The 2017 National FHB Forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. Dates are December 3-5. The following pages contain photos and talk summaries from some of the invited speaker presentations at the 2016 Forum. PDF copies of the following presentations are posted on the USWBSI’s website — — as are the full Forum Proceedings: • Economic Impact of USWBSI’s Research on Reducing FHB / Bill Wilson, North Dakota State University, Fargo

• Born, Bred, and Brewed for New York / Mark Sorrells, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

• A Meta-analysis of the Genetics of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Barley / Brian Steffenson, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

• National Survey of Wheat & Barley Producers: Where Do They Get Information About Scab? How Does That Affect Adoption of Management? / Christina Cowger, USDA-ARS, Raleigh, N.C.

• Characterization of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Aegilops tauschii and QTL Discovery in Hexaploid Wheat / Eric Olson, Michigan State University, East Lansing

• Host-Induced Silencing of Fusarium culmorum Genes Protects Wheat from Infection / Wanxin Chen, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, SachsenAnhalt, Germany

• Simultaneous Mapping and Pyramiding Loci in Wheat Breeding Populations: Identity by Descent Mapping Approaches / Jose Gonzalez, South Dakota State University, Brookings

• Antifungal Plant Defensins: Mechanisms of Action and Engineering Resistance to Fungal Pathogens in Transgenic Wheat / Dilip Shah, Donald Danforth Plant Science Ctr., St. Louis

• Tissue Culture Induced Variability: Critical Issues that Impact the Evaluation and Use of Transgenic Parents / Phil Bregitzer, USDA-ARS, Aberdeen, Idaho

• Are DON Congeners a Food Safety Concern? / Jim Pestka, Michigan State University, East Lansing

• Growers’ Needs and Industry Wants: A Retrospective of Two Decades in the Trenches in the Battle with FHB / Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota, Crookston


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Source: U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative