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Jul 12, 2010

USDA Researchers Isolate Gene Triggering Wheat Fungus

Healthy wheat field outside
Clay Center, Nebraska courtesy of
ARS/USDA and Stephen Ausmus
The USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has used molecular techniques to study how "the subversion of a single gene in wheat by two fungal foes triggers a kind of cellular suicide in the grain crop's leaves."

The USDA team has developed DNA molecular markers that can be used to rapidly screen commercial cultivars for the gene, Tsn1, that cause this condition.  Knowing the genetic marker allows for selective breeding that eliminates this condition. 

For more see: Suszkiw, Jan. "Fungi's Genetic Sabotage in Wheat Discovered," Agricultural Research Service Press Release, USDA, 12 July 2010.

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