The International cooperative project “Fusarium head blight control and breeding” passed acceptance checks by experts from Jiangsu Science and Technology Department on March 11, 2013. The project (NO. 2009DFA32020) is funded by the grant (for international cooperative projects) from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and undertaken by the Institute of Biotechnology of JAAS. After 3-year collaborative research with University of Manitoba (Canada), the project reaped fruitful results.
The project has worked out specialized molecular-marker methods of Fusarium head blight in major wheat planting areas in China, determined the dominant pathogen species and their chemotypes and developed the method to test wheat type-B trichothecene mycotoxins for different varieties at one time. Experts from Canada and China also selected and bred new wheat varieties with low mycotoxins. The experts reached unanimous agreement that the project fulfilled all the tasks assigned in the contract. The technical transfer of the research will undoubtedly reduce yield loss caused by Fusarium head blight, save pesticides input, protect agricultural environment and also increase farmer income.