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Breeding wheat for resistance to Fusarium head blight in the Global North: China, USA, and Canada

Author: Zhanwang Zhu
Author: Yuanfeng Hao
Author: Mergoum, M.
Author: Guihua Bai
Author: Humphreys, G.
Author: Cloutier, S.
Author: Xianchun Xia
Author: He, Zhonghu
Year: 2019
ISSN: 2214-5141 (Print)
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/20810
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Elsevier
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: Netherlands
Pages: 730-738
Issue: 6
Volume: 7
DOI: 10.1016/j.cj.2019.06.003
Description: The objective of this paper is to review progress made in wheat breeding for Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance in China, the United States of America (USA), and Canada. In China, numerous Chinese landraces possessing high levels of FHB resistance were grown before the 1950s. Later, pyramiding multiple sources of FHB resistance from introduced germplasm such as Mentana and Funo and locally adapted cultivars played a key role in combining satisfactory FHB resistance and high yield potential in commercial cultivars. Sumai 3, a Chinese spring wheat cultivar, became a major source of FHB resistance in the USA and Canada, and contributed to the release of more than 20 modern cultivars used for wheat production, including the leading hard spring wheat cultivars Alsen, Glenn, Barlow and SY Ingmar from North Dakota, Faller and Prosper from Minnesota, and AAC Brandon from Canada. Brazilian wheat cultivar Frontana, T. dicoccoides and other local germplasm provided additional sources of resistance. The FHB resistant cultivars mostly relied on stepwise accumulation of favorable alleles of both genes for FHB resistance and high yield, with marker-assisted selection being a valuable complement to phenotypic selection. With the Chinese Spring reference genome decoded and resistance gene Fhb1 now cloned, new genomic tools such as genomic selection and gene editing will be available to breeders, thus opening new possibilities for development of FHB resistant cultivars.
Country of Focus: CHINA
Country of Focus: USA
Country of Focus: CANADA
Agrovoc: DISEASE RESISTANCE
Agrovoc: GIBBERELLA ZEAE
Agrovoc: TRITICUM AESTIVUM
Agrovoc: WHEAT
Agrovoc: PLANT BREEDING
Journal: The Crop Journal


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