Research HWW-CP

Project Description | Research Objectives | Summary of Funding | Reports-Updates/Publications | Useful Links

Hard Winter Wheat Coordinated Project (HWW-CP)

Hard Winter Wheat Coordinated Project Committee  Updated:  1/1/17
Chair, Jon Rich, Agripro-Syngenta, Junction City, KS
Sunish Seghal, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Project Description:

The HWW-CP is an efficient coordinated project that will measure its success by reducing DON in the hard winter wheat grain supply to the food grade level acceptable in the European Union (EU). This level is currently lower than the US standard. Because half of our grain is exported and the majority of it shipped to the EU, the risk is that it can be sourced from high scab areas within the HWW region (e.g. the Eastern Great Plains). As the popularity of whole grain products increases, our goal is to ensure that the DON concentration in these products is also below established thresholds. Based upon the timelines expected for success in reducing DON, the HWW-CP includes the scientific activities of plant breeders, pathologists, geneticists and supporting research programs. We coordinate with disease management efforts because we realize that in addition to improved varieties, improved management will optimize project success within expected timelines. HWW-CP germplasm and information are publicly available and made available to other participating researchers in other research areas of the USWBSI. The HWW-CP remains focused on reducing DON levels as quickly as possible and by using the most efficacious methods to do so. Membership in the HWW-CP includes; all researchers currently funded within the CP, individuals designated as representatives from other research areas of the USWBSI, all interested FHB researchers who may or may not be funded by the USWBSI, stakeholders representing members from groups that fund our research (e.g. the KS, NE, SD, and ND Wheat Commissions), and members of groups that are key to our industry and who non-monetarily support HWW-CP research. These are "independent" stakeholders, such as major mills and bakeries, private wheat breeders, and chemical company representatives.


FY16-17 Research Objectives:

The HWW-CP is organized around two of the research areas - Variety Development and Host Resistance (VDHR) and FHB Management (MGMT) as outlined in the USWBSI Action Plan. Two major objectives and associated research activities have been established within this CP. In addition, the HWW-CP works closely with other USWBSI Research Areas (RAs) to support the stated goal of reducing DON levels specified by the EU. Specifically, the HWW-CP works most closely with the MGMT RA.

Variety Development and Host Resistance (VDHR) and FHB Management (MGMT)

Objective 1. Increase acreage planted to varieties exhibiting improved FHB resistance to reduce DON in the HWW grain supply.

Associated Research Activities:

  • Increase efficiency of individual breeding programs to develop and release FHB resistant varieties.
  • Develop new breeding technologies and germplasm to further enhance short-term and long- term improvement of FHB resistance and to efficiently introgress effective resistance genes into breeding germplasm.
  • Test and evaluate regional germplasm to include breeding lines from public and private breeding programs and to include irrigated field nurseries representative of all FHB environments throughout the region.
Objective 2. Evaluate practices enhancing varietal resistance and disseminate information that in association with resistant varieties, leads to reduced DON in the HWW grain supply.

Associated Research Activities:

  • Characterize genotype x fungicide treatment responses for enhancing FHB resistance and the reduction of DON.
  • Develop a full understanding of specific environmental and biological factors influencing FHB infection and toxin accumulation.
  • Enhance communication and end-user education/outreach relating to resistant varieties and effective management practices.

FY16-17 Milestone Matrix


Summary of Funding
  FY15 (2015-16) FY15 (2015-16)
Number of Projects: 12 10
Number of PIs: 11 10
Total Award Amount: $356,332 $323,677
% Total Rec. Funding: 7.26% 6.69%
Research Projects: FY15 FY16



Useful Links