Research VDHR

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Variety Development and Host Resistance (VDHR)

VDHR Uniform Nursery Coordinating Committee  Updated:  1/9/17
Spring Wheat Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota
Northern Soft Winter Wheat Eric Olson, Michigan State University
Southern Soft Red Winter Wheat Esten Mason, University of Arkansas

Program Description:

The VDHR research area will be Uniform Nursery based in the case of soft winter wheat and spring wheat.  States will be aligned with the uniform nurseries as follows:  Uniform Regional Scab Nursery for Spring Wheat Parents (ID, MN, MT, ND, SD); Uniform Northern Winter Wheat FHB Screening Nursery (IN, IL, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH); Uniform Southern Soft Red Winter Wheat FHB Screening Nursery (AR, GA, LA, NC, VA).  VDHR research will be commodity-based in the case of barley, durum and hard winter wheat coordinated projects.

Each Uniform nursery will be coordinated by a regional committee.  Nurseries will be conducted in collaboration with a pathologist wherever possible and a subset of promising entries may be grown at multiple locations in Integrated Management Trials.  The nurseries will also be evaluated for milling and baking quality, and haplotyped at the USDA regional genotyping labs.  The most promising lines may be entered in the nurseries for a second year of testing at the lines originator’s request.  Collaborators will submit candidate parents for crossing, and prebreeding populations derived from these crosses/populations will be made available to all collaborators.  Mapping of new resistance sources will be accomplished through joint phenotyping of populations.  All collaborators must screen varieties planted commercially (>5% of wheat acreage) in their state for FHB resistance and provide this information to growers.

FY18-19 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals:

  1. Increase and document acreage seeded to varieties with improved FHB resistance to increase grain yield and grain quality and reduce DON in the US grain supply.
    • Participate in educational activities to increase the acreage and impact of varieties with FHB resistance.
  2. Increase efficiency of coordinated project breeding programs to develop and release FHB resistant varieties.
    • Enhance cooperation and coordination of research among programs.  For example, phenotypic data should be uploaded to the T3 database, and early generation populations could be shared among programs.
  3. Implement 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.
    • Enhance selection efficiency through technologies such as genomic selection, marker-assisted selection, doubled haploid production or high throughput phenotyping.

FY16-17 Milestone Matrices
Spring Wheat Region
Northern Soft Winter Wheat
Southern Soft Red Winter Wheat


Regional Coordinated Committees

Updated: 1/1/17

Spring Wheat Region Northern Soft Winter Wheat Southern Soft Winter Wheat
Chair - Jochum Wiersma, Univ. of Minnesota Chair - Eric Olson, Michigan State Univ. Chair - Esten Mason, University of Arkansas
Karl Glover, SD State Univ. Jana Murche, KSW Cereals USA, Champaign, IL Steve Harrison, Louisiana State Univ.
Mory Rugg, Bayer CropScience, Fargo, ND Mohsen Mohammadi, Purdue Univ. Don Obert, Limagrain Cereal Seeds, Lafayette, IN


FY15 (2015-16)
Region: Spring Wheat (VDHR-SPR) Northern Winter Wheat (VDHR-NWW) Southern Winter Wheat (VDHR-SWW) Genotyping Labs
Number of Projects: 11 23 (includes 4 multi-PI projects) 10 (includes 1 multi-PI project) 4
Number of PIs: 10 7 5 4
Total Award Amount: $490,527 $574,871 $382,819 $289,560
% Total Rec. Funding: 9.99% 11.71% 7.80% 5.90%

FY16 (2016-17)
Region: Spring Wheat (VDHR-SPR) Northern Winter Wheat (VDHR-NWW) Southern Winter Wheat (VDHR-SWW)
Number of Projects: 10 24 (includes 4 multi-PI projects) 11 (includes 1 multi-PI project)
Number of PIs: 9 8 6
Total Award Amount: $518,792 $601,552 $390,266
% Total Rec. Funding: 10.72% 12.43% 8.06%


Research Reports/Publications

Workshop/Planning Meeting Reports

Spring Wheat Nursery Reports/Updates

Northern Winter Wheat Nursery Reports/Updates

Southern Winter Wheat Nursery Reports/Updates


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