Kansas State University researcher Barbara Valent and a team of colleagues have been awarded $5.5 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop novel disease control strategies for two closely-related diseases in rice and wheat – the latter of which has wreaked havoc in some South American wheat growing areas.
Valent, a university distinguished professor of plant pathology, is leading a team of K-State and national and international collaborators who are studying ways to protect Kansas and U.S. wheat fields from the deadly disease known as wheat blast. The team is also studying ways to protect U.S. rice from the deadly rice blast disease. Unlike wheat blast, rice blast is well established in the United States and in all other rice-growing countries.
For more information, visit http://www.k-state.edu/wheatblast/.