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Durum Coordinated Project (DUR-CP)

Durum Coordinated Project Committee  Members as of 1/1/23
Chair, Andrew Friskop, North Dakota State University
Elias Elias, North Dakota State University
Greg Viers, Barilla America Inc.

Project Description:

The Durum Coordinated Project (DUR-CP) has been created under the direction of the USWBSI to accomplish the initiative action plans.  The DUR-CP’s main objective is to develop FHB resistant durum wheat germplasm (lines/cultivars) with low DON levels, good agronomic traits, and good quality traits that will serve the producers, the domestic pasta industry, and the international export market.  Reducing the impact of FHB requires a multidisciplinary effort and therefore the CP includes plant breeders, pathologists, geneticists, agronomists and other researchers working in the area of disease management.  The CP also includes stakeholders such as millers and pasta manufactures.

FY22 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals

  1. Search for novel sources of resistance to FHB in durum and its relatives.
  2. Identify, map, and validate FHB resistance QTL in the newly identified sources of resistance and develop user-friendly molecular markers to assist selection in durum breeding and germplasm development.
  3. Incorporate FHB resistance QTL from diploid, tetraploid and hexaploid wheat accessions into adapted durum backgrounds and develop elite durum germplasm with the assistance of molecular markers in selection.
  4. Develop durum varieties with enhanced level of FHB resistance and reduced DON accumulation.
  5. Investigate genetic mechanism of suppressors and enhancers affecting FHB resistance expression in durum wheat.
  6. Evaluate chemical management strategies that reduce FHB and/or DON in durum.
  7. Develop and promote best integrated management strategies to reduce FHB and/or DON in durum wheat.

Current version of Action Plan (Updated:  5/31/19)


Summary of Funding
  FY22 (2022-23) FY21 (2021-22)
Number of Projects: 11 11
Number of PIs: 10 9
Total Award Amount: $573,604 $565,287
% of Total Funding: 6.63% 6.53%
Research Projects: FY22 FY21

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