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EfectaWheat will establish a genomics and effector-based pipeline for the genetic dissection of leaf spot group wheat-pathogen interactions in Europe.

Wheat LSG pathogens include Parastagonospora nodorum (Pn, cause of Septoria nodorum blotch; SNB), Zymoseptoria tritici (Zt, Septoria tritici blotch; STB) and Pyrenophora tritici-repentis (Ptr, tan spot; TS). They are considered as the most important fungal leaf spot diseases of wheat with major yield losses in Europe.

EfectaWheat will be achieved by mobilising state-of-the-art genomic, effector and germplasm resources. The pipeline will provide novel protein and molecular tools with which to accelerate wheat breeding for genetic resistance to LSG pathogens. Ultimately, this will lead to the development of improved wheat varieties with increased genetic resistance to LSG pathogens, helping underpin sustainable EU wheat production.

EfectaWheat is a partnership of five complementary institutes from the UK (NIAB), Germany (LfL), Denmark (AARHUS), Norway (NMBU) and Australia (CCDM, self-funded), as well as a subcontract to the UK governmental agency, FERA.

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Project partners and main contacts

NIAB (Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE, UK)

Dr James Cockram (PI), Prof Ian Mackay (Co-I), Dr Sarah Holdgate (Co-I), Dr Beatrice Corsi (Postdoctoral Researcher)

LfL (Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung, Am Gereuth 6, 85354 Freising, Germany)
Dr Lorenz Hartl (LfL PI), Prof Volker Mohler (Co-I), Melanie Stadlmeier (PhD student)

NMBU (Vollebekk Research Station, Vollveien 3, 1430 Aas, Norway)
Dr Morten Lilemo (NMBU PI), Min Lin (PhD student)

AARHUS (Dept. of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse Denmark)

Lise Nistrup Jørgensen (AARHUS PI), Annemarie Fejer Justesen (Co-I)

CCDM (Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Prof Richard Oliver (CCDM PI), Pao Theen See (Co-I)

Fera (Sand Huton, York, YO41 1LZ, UK)
Dr Judith Turner (subcontractor)

For more information, contact James Cockram or Beatrice Corsi.

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The project was funded via the ERA-CAPS scheme, by the individual funding agencies of the participating members: BBSRC (UK), DFG (Germany), RCN (Norway), DASTI (Denmark), and via self-funding from CCDM, Curtin University (Australia).

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