Navigation Links
Scientists awarded $5.5 million for wheat, rice blast research
Date:4/24/2013

n 2012 and the disease has already been reported this year in Louisiana.

"Our goal is to develop resistant varieties for control of both diseases," Valent said. "We plan to use traditional strategies for finding and deploying resistance genes, as well as novel strategies based on new knowledge generated by research on rice blast." Additional outcomes will be diagnostic tools, training resources for first detectors and responders, and a disease forecasting model. "Another important objective for this project is to educate undergraduate students in plant biosecurity."

"Arguably, rice and wheat are the two most important crops in the world," said James Stack, Kansas State University professor of plant pathology and one of the research team members. "In most countries, either wheat or rice is a staple in citizens' diets. It's hard for people who have ready access to food to understand, but threats to either of those crops can be the difference between food security and hunger."

Typically, about one-fifth of all wheat grown in the United States is grown in Kansas, according to the Kansas Wheat Commission. About half of Kansas wheat is exported to other countries.

In 2012, Kansas produced 382 million bushels of winter wheat and overall U.S. production totaled 1.65 billion bushels, according to the USDA.

One of the many problems posed by wheat blast is that it looks a lot like some other wheat diseases, so it's sometimes hard to detect, said Stack, who serves as the director of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network, a consortium of nine states which is part of the National Plant Diagnostic Center. The network coordinates diagnostics, communications and trains first detectors of plant diseases.

Because wheat blast has not been found in North American wheat, it is critical that the team's research be conducted in a secure facility. For that reason, the scientists are working in Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research
'/>"/>

Contact: Barbara Valent
bvalent@k-state.edu
785-532-2336
Kansas State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Study led by NUS scientists reveals escalating cost of forest conservation
2. Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds
3. Scientists find ethnicity linked to antibodies
4. University of Southern California scientists reveal natural process that blocks viruses
5. Scientists look to ancient past to better predict how species may respond climate change
6. Scientists learn what makes nerve cells so strong
7. Inter-American Network of Science Academies celebrates women scientists -- April 17 event
8. A novel surface marker helps scientists fish out mammary gland stem cells
9. Scientists stress need for national marine biodiversity observation network
10. Scientists decode genome of painted turtle, revealing clues to extraordinary adaptations
11. 8 M € from EU to enhance access by scientists to the largest European biobanks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014 The Defense ... it easier to detect and prevent counterfeit microcircuits ... Today the agency started performing an in-house microcircuit ... validate the authenticity of purchased microcircuits while increasing ... quality control measures will be conducted at DLA,s ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014  Automation is fundamentally transforming the travel ... at international borders. Over the past decade, ePassports, ... veteran travelers to self process through border control ... at an increasing number of airports, seaports, and ... According to Maxine Most , Principal at ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... 2014  That blood pressure plays a role in human ... the medical term for high blood pressure – was first ... inflatable cuff that,s used in measuring blood pressure was invented ... new about hypertension, its triggers and its effects. In fact, ... and the best ways to treat it. For ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 2Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 3Automated Border Control (ABC) Transforms the Global Travel Experience With More Than 2500 ABC eGates and APC Kiosks Deployed In Airports, Seaports, and Land Borders Worldwide 2Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 2Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 3Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 4
... common form of lung cancer may begin in a group ... the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. , Working in a mouse ... that can divide into fresh copies of itself and into ... lung. Their experiments show that at the earliest stage of ...
... suggests that medications commonly referred to as fertility drugs ... called the estrogen receptor beta. The study showed that ... that were genetically engineered to lack estrogen receptor beta. ... receptor proteins which mediate the effects of estrogen hormones ...
... In the human brain, cells talk to one another ... people fall into a deep sleep, the higher regions ... are a bustling grid of neural dialogue - apparently ... fade. , Writing today (Sept. 30) in the journal ...
Cached Biology News:Most common lung cancers may begin in newly discovered cells 2Most common lung cancers may begin in newly discovered cells 3Most common lung cancers may begin in newly discovered cells 4New Discovery May Help Doctors Treat Infertility 2New Discovery May Help Doctors Treat Infertility 3Deep sleep short-circuits brain's grid of connectivity 2Deep sleep short-circuits brain's grid of connectivity 3
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014 China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... fully integrated plasma-based biopharmaceutical company in ... subsidiary, Shandong Taibang Biological Products Co. Ltd., has ... China Food and Drug Administration (the "CFDA") for ... disclosed in the Company,s public filings, the CFDA ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... ST. LOUIS , Dec. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... announced today that the waiting period under the ... with the acquisition expired on December 22, 2014, ... and review requirement for the acquisition of the ... U.S. antitrust clearance satisfies another condition to ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... December 22, 2014 The Center ... leader of technical training across the life sciences industry, ... Management (SCDM) to provide the organization's members with ... —providing access to the more than 350 sessions across ... with 10% off when registering for a public ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 22, 2014  Alternative Energy & Environmental Solutions, ... signed a letter of intent to acquire BioTechPharma ... patented a nanotechnology-based development platform used to create ... rapid on-site collection and testing to identify infectious ... in an immediate, non-invasive and cost-effective manner. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:China Biologic Receives GMP Certification for New Coagulation Factor Facility 2China Biologic Receives GMP Certification for New Coagulation Factor Facility 3Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Receives U.S. Antitrust Clearance 2Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Receives U.S. Antitrust Clearance 3CfPIE Announces Partnership with the Society for Clinical Data Management 2CfPIE Announces Partnership with the Society for Clinical Data Management 3ALNE Announces Intention To Acquire BioTechPharma 2
... Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AUXL ), a specialty ... full year 2010 on Thursday, February 10, 2011 before the ... conduct a conference call that day at 10:00 a.m. ET ... full year 2010.  The presentation slides to be used during ...
... Biotechnology and Biomedicine and the UAB Department of Biochemistry ... using Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast to detect in ... of molecules which can initiate the assembly of amyloid ... the efficacy of compounds which could dissolve or inhibit ...
... Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... 2010 financial results and accomplishments. For the ... net loss of $8.3 million, or $0.18 per share, compared ... share, for the same period in 2009. As of December ...
Cached Biology Technology:Auxilium Pharmaceuticals to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results and Conduct Conference Call on Thursday, February 10, 2011 2Auxilium Pharmaceuticals to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results and Conduct Conference Call on Thursday, February 10, 2011 3Auxilium Pharmaceuticals to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results and Conduct Conference Call on Thursday, February 10, 2011 4New test to study proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases 2Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 2Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 3Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 4Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 5Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 6Sangamo BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results 7