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Return of an Old Problem: Fusarium Head Blight of Small Grains

Robert W. Stack

22 June 2000


Several species of fungus cause Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), but F. graminearum has been important in the US. The mixture of maize, wheat and barley production, and use of reduced tillage and increased residue retention encourage epidemics of FHB. Strong interest in use of fungicide sprays continues but the complete answer remains elusive. Molecular marker-assisted plant breeding is being used to breed for FHB resistance.


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