SYSTEMATICS, BIOLOGY AND IDENTIFICATION OF NORTH AMERICAN SMUT FUNGI

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

A. Situation this research addresses: Bunt and smut fungi are plant pathogens that cause direct yield losses to food crops and ornamentals, and indirect losses due to quarantine restrictions on products contaminated with smut spores. Accurate identification of bunt and smut fungi is hampered by a paucity of morphological characters, limited ability to germinate and grow these fungi in culture, and poorly defined species concepts, particularly in genera, such as Tilletia and Urocystis, which include species that cause economically important diseases of wheat and other cereal crops.

B. The purpose of this project: This research will combine the use of morphological and molecular approaches to characterize and identify smut fungi, and to develop phylogenetic analyses aimed at providing a better understanding of the relatedness and evolution of smut fungi.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/024/30/16

Funding

  • National Science Foundation: $200,000.00

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