Timeline

Year 1

  • Sequence pathogen genome and genome alignment with the rice pathogen.
  • Commercial cultivars will be screened for resistance to blast.
  • Develop plant biosecurity short course and “Securing Global Trade of Plants and Plant Products” workshop.
  • Begin training graduate students in biosecurity and research within a biocontainment environment. Develop wheat blast web resources and initiate webinar series.

Year 2

  • Markers specific for the wheat isolates of M. oryzae will be identified.
  • Field experiment will be established in Brazil with 50 US wheat cultivars.
  • Exotic germplasm (at least 100 entries) will be tested in the containment facilities during this year.
  • Deliver plant biosecurity short course. Develop second workshop “Plant Biosecurity: Education and Outreach”.
  • Launch wheat blast web portal and outreach educational materials.

Year 3

  • Protocols for diagnosis of infected leaf tissue and wheat heads will be developed using markers specific to the wheat isolates. Markers and protocols will be made publicly available.
  • Field experiment will be established in Brazil to determine the blast phenotype of 50 additional US cultivars.
  • F1, F2, and F2-derived F3 families will be tested in the containment facilities.
  • Deliver second plant biosecurity short course.
  • Develop and deliver third workshop “Plant Biosecurity Research and Wheat Blast Preparedness”.