FCR Research Project Will Help Wheat Breeders Produce Cultivars That Are FCR Resistant.

By Kirsty Botha, published in Quest Vol. 16 Nr. 1 (2020)

In South Africa, the wheat-producing areas of the Western Cape have the largest occurrence of Fusarium crown rot (FCR). With climate change, this region may receive increasingly unpredictable rainfall, creating perfect conditions for F. pseudo- graminearum, which causes FCR, to thrive. This would cause increased yield losses for farmers, and reduced food security for consumers. 

The FCR Project is making use of current genetic resources in South Africa to gain a better understanding of FCR resistance, and to help wheat breeders produce cultivars that are resistant to FCR, which will be to the benefit of farmers and consumers in the future. 

The FCR project is funded by The Winter Cereal Trust, and is jointly led by Dr Renée Prins (CenGen) and Dr Anke Martin (University of Southern Queensland), in collaboration with Dr Sandra Lamprecht (ARC–Plant Health and Protection) and Mr Driecus Lesch (Sensako).

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