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Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER)

GDER Research Area Committee  Members as of: 1/1/24
Chair, Jyoti Shah, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Vice-Chair, Harold Trick, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
William Hay, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
Nidhi Rawat, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Program Description:

The Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER) research area (RA) places its primary focus on understanding mechanisms of resistance to Fusarium head blight (FHB) and identification of wheat and barley gene variants that can be deployed to increase FHB resistance and/or reduce DON accumulation. The GDER RA also supports utilization of gene editing and transgenic strategies as methodologies to better understand resistance mechanisms with the goal to improve FHB resistance. However, GDER places priority on strategies that can be deployed without transgenesis; gene discovery and transformation of non-cereal systems will be supported only for the purpose of rapidly screening potential anti-Fusarium genes. See the Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance (GDER) section of the USWBSI Action Plan for research goals and needs.


Summary of Funding*
  FY22 (2022-23) FY23 (2023-24)
Number of Projects: 10 10
Number of PIs: 10 10
Total Award Amount: $591,856 $653,912*
% of Total Funding: 6.84% 7.55%
Research Projects: FY22 FY23
*Summary does not include GDER-related projects that are part of the Barley Coordinated Project.

*Received Equipment Request Funding


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