Research GDER

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Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER)

GDER Research Area Committee  Members as of:  1/1/19
Chair, Steve Scofield, USDA-ARS, West Lafayette, IN
Vice-Chair, Harold Trick, Kansas State University
Susan McCormick, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
Frances Trail, Michigan State University

Program Description:

The Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER) research area (RA) places its primary focus on understanding mechanisms of resistance to Fusarium head blight (FHB) and identification of wheat and barley gene variants that can be deployed to increase FHB resistance and/or reduce DON accumulation.  The GDER RA also supports utilization of gene editing and transgenic strategies to improve FHB resistance, however places priority on strategies that can deployed without transgenesis.  Gene discovery and transformation of non-cereal systems will be supported only for the purpose of rapidly screening potential anti-Fusarium genes.

FY20-21 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals:

  1. Identify native and induced wheat and barley gene variants that improve FHB resistance and/or reduce DON accumulation.
  2. Develop assays that can be used to rapidly validate candidate wheat and barley genes for resistance and susceptibility to FHB and/or reduced DON accumulation.
  3. Utilize new technologies to develop effective FHB resistance and/or reduced DON accumulation.

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


Summary of Funding*
  FY17 (2017-18) FY18 (2018-19)
Number of Projects: 11 (includes 2 multi-PI project) 13 (includes 1 multi-PI project)
Number of PIs: 9 11
Total Award Amount: $380,949 $460,730
% Total Rec. Funding: 6.61% 7.92%
Research Projects: FY17 FY18
*Summary does not include GDER-related projects that are part of the Barley Coordinated Project.

Research Reports/Publications