Wild wheat could hold key to crown rot resistance
Grain Central, Other, 28/06/2021
An innovative new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment will investigate whether an international research finding could be part of the genetic solution for Australian growers managing the costly disease Fusarium crown rot. Caused by the fungus, Fusarium pseudograminearum, crown rot is a significant disease for winter cereals such as wheat, barley, durum, triticale and oats, costing the nation’s grains industry an estimated $404 million in lost yield annually. The latest GRDC crown rot investment will be led by CSIRO and will expand on international research findings last year that discovered crown rot resistance in a wild relative of cultivated wheat tall wheat grass.