Integrated management of stripe rust in wheat for Alberta (2016-2019)
Term: Three years, beginning in 2016
Funding Amount: $168,000
Lead Researcher(s): Dean Spaner (U of A)
Funding Partners: Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
Severe epidemics of stripe rust may cause up to 50% yield losses. Since 2000, stripe rust has been observed every year with serious epidemics reported in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in some parts of Western Canada. Genetic resistance is the most effective and environment friendly strategy to control stripe rust. This project is expected to improve the understanding of the genetics of stripe rust resistance in Western Canada and facilitate development of stripe rust resistant wheat cultivars.