Symptomless infection of barley; resistance breeding and integrated crop protection strategies (SIBLINGS)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Hertfordshire
Department Name: Health and Human Sciences RI

Abstract

This project addresses the TSB criteria novel approaches to address pests, diseases, disease vectors and weeds and development of durable pest-and disease-resistant crop varieties . We will deliver more effective control of a serious and problematic pathogen of barley through understanding its entire life cycle, rather than just the visible disease syptoms which have been used previously to identify infection. The project will use new knowledge about the symptomless rhynchosporium infection of barley to develop new varieties that are more durable to rhynchosporium infection and therefore protected against yield loss to this pathogen. Various sources of host plant resistance will be assessed for efficacy so that the best ones are prioritised. The introgression of an alien resistance gene offers the opportunity of introducing a novel resistance mechanism that, backed up by the marker tools and ability to pyramid with other durable resistance genes, will enjoy a much greater useful variety lifespan in widespread use. Novel molecular and microscopy methods using tagged pathogen isolates will be used to generate knowledge of resistance mechanisms so that appropriate combinations of natural resistance sources can be brought together in optimum combinations. The project will also help develop crop protection strategies which are strategically well directed for increased yield response and risk reduction. Their enhanced effectiveness will be based on an understanding of the way different resistance genes in varieties work and using appropriate fungicides in more intelligent, integrated programmes. The proposal therefore represents a novel approach to both breeding for durable resistance and more effective crop protection with existing chemicals, whilst informing discovery strategies. The durable resistance sources will be developed in new barley varieties and overall we will deliver more effective control of a serious and problematic pathogen of barley through understanding its entire lifecycle rather than just the visible symptoms which have been used previously.

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Description Research funded through this grant has led to a better understanding of resistance operating against the pathogen causing rhynchosporium leaf blotch of barley
Exploitation Route The findings can be used by the breeding company KWS which breeds barley cultivars for the UK market
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description UK farmers will benefit greatly from the results of this project, both in the short-term and in the long-term. In the short-term, advice from this project is being used to improve decisions about application and timing of fungicides to control rhynchosporium on UK barley crops, with a substantial yield benefit. In the long-term, the improved understanding about operation of resistance against R. commune, initially by KWS and ultimately by all UK barley breeders, will decrease the need to apply fungicide sprays on barley crops whilst maintaining or increasing yields, with a benefit for the whole industry.
First Year Of Impact 2011
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Organisation Mansoura University
Country Egypt 
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PI Contribution Our research team will model impacts of climate change on some wheat and maize diseases in Egypt.
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Description Mechanisms of resistance against apoplastic pathogens 
Organisation Wageningen University & Research
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Improved understanding of mechanisms of crop resistance against apoplastic pathogens
Collaborator Contribution Prof Pierre de Wit from the University of Wageningen contributed to the initiation of the research and writing up the research paper.
Impact Publication of an opinion article. Stotz HU, Mitrousia GK, de Wit, PJGM, Fitt BDL (2014). Effector-triggered defence against apoplastic fungal pathogens. Trends in Plant Science 19, 491-500. Presentation of the work at international conferences: 16th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 6-10 July 2014, Rhodes, Greece; the 11th Conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology, 8 - 13 September 2014, Kraków, Poland
Start Year 2013
 
Description Resistance against the barley leaf blotch pathogen Rhynchosporium commune 
Organisation DuPont
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Work on control of Rhynchosporium commune on barley; contribution of expertise on this disease and understanding of its epidemiology
Collaborator Contribution James Hutton Institute (Prof Adrian Newton, Dr Mark Looseley) has provided barley genetic/genomic information. KWS has provided access to barley breeding lines, Agrii and DuPont have provided practical expertise on use of fungicides to control the disease as part of a TSB project (SIBLINGS)
Impact Journal paper and conference papers. Looseley ME, Newton AC, Atkins SD, Fitt BDL, Fraaije BA, Thomas WTB, Keith R, Macaulay M, Lynott J, Harrap D (2012). Genetic basis of control of Rhynchosporium secalis infection and symptom expression in barley. Euphytica 184, 47-56.Newton AC, Fitt BDL, Atkins SD, Walters DR, Daniell TJ (2010). Pathogenesis, parasitism and mutualism in the trophic space of microbe-plant interactions. Trends in Microbiology 18, 365-373.Atkins SD, Fitt BDL, Fraaije B, Harvey S, Lynott J, Newton AC (2010). The epidemiological importance of asymptomatic infection of winter barley by Rhynchosporium secalis and its consequences for crop protection and breeding. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2010, 81-86.
Start Year 2006
 
Description Resistance against the barley leaf blotch pathogen Rhynchosporium commune 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Work on control of Rhynchosporium commune on barley; contribution of expertise on this disease and understanding of its epidemiology
Collaborator Contribution James Hutton Institute (Prof Adrian Newton, Dr Mark Looseley) has provided barley genetic/genomic information. KWS has provided access to barley breeding lines, Agrii and DuPont have provided practical expertise on use of fungicides to control the disease as part of a TSB project (SIBLINGS)
Impact Journal paper and conference papers. Looseley ME, Newton AC, Atkins SD, Fitt BDL, Fraaije BA, Thomas WTB, Keith R, Macaulay M, Lynott J, Harrap D (2012). Genetic basis of control of Rhynchosporium secalis infection and symptom expression in barley. Euphytica 184, 47-56.Newton AC, Fitt BDL, Atkins SD, Walters DR, Daniell TJ (2010). Pathogenesis, parasitism and mutualism in the trophic space of microbe-plant interactions. Trends in Microbiology 18, 365-373.Atkins SD, Fitt BDL, Fraaije B, Harvey S, Lynott J, Newton AC (2010). The epidemiological importance of asymptomatic infection of winter barley by Rhynchosporium secalis and its consequences for crop protection and breeding. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2010, 81-86.
Start Year 2006
 
Description Rhynchosporium species on grasses 
Organisation ETH Zurich
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided main supervision for PhD project on Rhynchosporium on grasses (Kevin King); this PhD project resulted in several papers published in international journals. The PhD was awarded in 2013.
Collaborator Contribution Perry Foundation provided funding. University of Nottingham (Dr Paul Dyer) provided expertise in fungal genetics. Rothamsted (Prof Jon West) provided access to lab facilities. ETH-Zurich (Prof Bruce McDonald's group) provided expertise in evolutionary genetics.
Impact Refereed and conference papers.King KM, West JS, Fitt BDL, Dyer PS (2014). Differences in MAT gene distribution and expression between Rhynchosporium species on grasses. Plant Pathology (pub-on-line; Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12265). King KM, West JS, Brunner PC, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2013) Evolutionary relationships between Rhynchosporium lolii sp. nov. and other Rhynchosporium species on grasses. PLoS ONE 8: e72536. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072536.King KM, West JS, Steffanson TS, McDonald BA, Knogge W, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Both mating types are present in Rhychosporium commune, R. agropyri and R. secalis populations. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights, Dundee, Scotland, 27-29 June 2011 (pub-on-line).King KM, West JS, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Development of typical and atypical Rhynchosporium lesions on different grass hosts. Aspects of Applied Biology 106, Crop Protection in Southern Britain, 137-142.Penselin D, Münsterkötter M, Kirsten S, Felder M, Taudien S, Platzer M, Ashelford K, Paskiewicz KH, Harrison RJ, Hughes DJ, Wolf T, Shelest E, Graap J, Hoffmann J, Wenzel1 C, Wöltje N, King KM, Fitt BDL, Güldener U, Avrova A, Knogge W (2016). Comparative genomics to explore phylogenetic relationship, cryptic sexual potential and host specificity of Rhynchosporium species on grasses. BMC Genomics 17:953. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3299-5
Start Year 2009
 
Description Rhynchosporium species on grasses 
Organisation Perry Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided main supervision for PhD project on Rhynchosporium on grasses (Kevin King); this PhD project resulted in several papers published in international journals. The PhD was awarded in 2013.
Collaborator Contribution Perry Foundation provided funding. University of Nottingham (Dr Paul Dyer) provided expertise in fungal genetics. Rothamsted (Prof Jon West) provided access to lab facilities. ETH-Zurich (Prof Bruce McDonald's group) provided expertise in evolutionary genetics.
Impact Refereed and conference papers.King KM, West JS, Fitt BDL, Dyer PS (2014). Differences in MAT gene distribution and expression between Rhynchosporium species on grasses. Plant Pathology (pub-on-line; Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12265). King KM, West JS, Brunner PC, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2013) Evolutionary relationships between Rhynchosporium lolii sp. nov. and other Rhynchosporium species on grasses. PLoS ONE 8: e72536. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072536.King KM, West JS, Steffanson TS, McDonald BA, Knogge W, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Both mating types are present in Rhychosporium commune, R. agropyri and R. secalis populations. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights, Dundee, Scotland, 27-29 June 2011 (pub-on-line).King KM, West JS, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Development of typical and atypical Rhynchosporium lesions on different grass hosts. Aspects of Applied Biology 106, Crop Protection in Southern Britain, 137-142.Penselin D, Münsterkötter M, Kirsten S, Felder M, Taudien S, Platzer M, Ashelford K, Paskiewicz KH, Harrison RJ, Hughes DJ, Wolf T, Shelest E, Graap J, Hoffmann J, Wenzel1 C, Wöltje N, King KM, Fitt BDL, Güldener U, Avrova A, Knogge W (2016). Comparative genomics to explore phylogenetic relationship, cryptic sexual potential and host specificity of Rhynchosporium species on grasses. BMC Genomics 17:953. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3299-5
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Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided main supervision for PhD project on Rhynchosporium on grasses (Kevin King); this PhD project resulted in several papers published in international journals. The PhD was awarded in 2013.
Collaborator Contribution Perry Foundation provided funding. University of Nottingham (Dr Paul Dyer) provided expertise in fungal genetics. Rothamsted (Prof Jon West) provided access to lab facilities. ETH-Zurich (Prof Bruce McDonald's group) provided expertise in evolutionary genetics.
Impact Refereed and conference papers.King KM, West JS, Fitt BDL, Dyer PS (2014). Differences in MAT gene distribution and expression between Rhynchosporium species on grasses. Plant Pathology (pub-on-line; Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12265). King KM, West JS, Brunner PC, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2013) Evolutionary relationships between Rhynchosporium lolii sp. nov. and other Rhynchosporium species on grasses. PLoS ONE 8: e72536. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072536.King KM, West JS, Steffanson TS, McDonald BA, Knogge W, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Both mating types are present in Rhychosporium commune, R. agropyri and R. secalis populations. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights, Dundee, Scotland, 27-29 June 2011 (pub-on-line).King KM, West JS, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Development of typical and atypical Rhynchosporium lesions on different grass hosts. Aspects of Applied Biology 106, Crop Protection in Southern Britain, 137-142.Penselin D, Münsterkötter M, Kirsten S, Felder M, Taudien S, Platzer M, Ashelford K, Paskiewicz KH, Harrison RJ, Hughes DJ, Wolf T, Shelest E, Graap J, Hoffmann J, Wenzel1 C, Wöltje N, King KM, Fitt BDL, Güldener U, Avrova A, Knogge W (2016). Comparative genomics to explore phylogenetic relationship, cryptic sexual potential and host specificity of Rhynchosporium species on grasses. BMC Genomics 17:953. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3299-5
Start Year 2009
 
Description Rhynchosporium species on grasses 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided main supervision for PhD project on Rhynchosporium on grasses (Kevin King); this PhD project resulted in several papers published in international journals. The PhD was awarded in 2013.
Collaborator Contribution Perry Foundation provided funding. University of Nottingham (Dr Paul Dyer) provided expertise in fungal genetics. Rothamsted (Prof Jon West) provided access to lab facilities. ETH-Zurich (Prof Bruce McDonald's group) provided expertise in evolutionary genetics.
Impact Refereed and conference papers.King KM, West JS, Fitt BDL, Dyer PS (2014). Differences in MAT gene distribution and expression between Rhynchosporium species on grasses. Plant Pathology (pub-on-line; Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12265). King KM, West JS, Brunner PC, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2013) Evolutionary relationships between Rhynchosporium lolii sp. nov. and other Rhynchosporium species on grasses. PLoS ONE 8: e72536. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072536.King KM, West JS, Steffanson TS, McDonald BA, Knogge W, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Both mating types are present in Rhychosporium commune, R. agropyri and R. secalis populations. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights, Dundee, Scotland, 27-29 June 2011 (pub-on-line).King KM, West JS, Dyer PS, Fitt BDL (2011). Development of typical and atypical Rhynchosporium lesions on different grass hosts. Aspects of Applied Biology 106, Crop Protection in Southern Britain, 137-142.Penselin D, Münsterkötter M, Kirsten S, Felder M, Taudien S, Platzer M, Ashelford K, Paskiewicz KH, Harrison RJ, Hughes DJ, Wolf T, Shelest E, Graap J, Hoffmann J, Wenzel1 C, Wöltje N, King KM, Fitt BDL, Güldener U, Avrova A, Knogge W (2016). Comparative genomics to explore phylogenetic relationship, cryptic sexual potential and host specificity of Rhynchosporium species on grasses. BMC Genomics 17:953. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3299-5
Start Year 2009
 
Description Coordination of UK Government 2015 spending for work on animal and plant diseases 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was an advisory panel aimed at a coordinated bid to Treasury for work on plant and animal diseases across Government departments in the 2015 Government spending round. Intended to brief civil servants and government ministers across different government departments. Produced document for coordination of funding bids across government departments.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description 2014 Cereals 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talked to farmers, policy makers, researchers who visited the demonstration plots and the HGCA stand; This increased the awareness of public of the importance of control diseases on oilseed rape.

After the Cereals event, contacted by farmers asking for advice on control of diseases in their crops
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Description British Society for Plant Pathology conference, Warwick, Dec 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended British Society of Plant Pathology presidential conference, Warwick, with staff and post-graduate students from our group. Posters and oral presentations were made.
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Description Cereals 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talked to farmers, policy makers, researchers who visited the demonstration plots and the HGCA stand; This increased the awareness of public of the importance of control diseases on oilseed rape.

After the Cereals event, contacted by farmers asking for advice on control of diseases in their crops; Contacted by HGCA to produce topic sheets on control oilseed rape diseases.
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URL http://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
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Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
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Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an international conference. Attended with other staff and post-grad students from our group. Presented work as posters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stand at Cereals 2017, Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
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Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
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Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
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Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
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Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
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Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
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