Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER)
|GDER Research Area Committee Members as of: 1/1/20|
|Chair, Steve Scofield, USDA-ARS, West Lafayette, IN|
|Vice-Chair, Harold Trick, Kansas State University|
|Susan McCormick, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL|
|Nidhi Rawat, University of Maryland|
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.
- Identify native and induced wheat and barley gene variants that improve FHB resistance and/or reduce DON accumulation.
- 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.
- 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*|
|FY18 (2018-19))||FY19 (2019-20)|
|Number of Projects:||13 (includes 1 multi-PI project)||12 (includes 1 multi-PI project)|
|Number of PIs:||11||11|
|Total Award Amount:||$460,730||$465,574|
|% Total Rec. Funding:||7.92%||7.64%|
|*Summary does not include GDER-related projects that are part of the Barley Coordinated Project.|
- Enhanced Resistance to Fusarium graminearum in Transgenic Arabidopsis Plants Expressing a Modified Plant Thionin
Phytopathology, March 2020
- Targeting the pattern-triggered immunity pathway to enhance resistance to Fusarium graminearum
Molecular Plant Biology, December 2018
- Transformation Laboratory Tours, May 7-8, 2001
- Northern Transformation Labs Tour/Workshop, September 24-25, 2001 (Group photo: PDF)