National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research,
National Agricultural Library
Wheat head scab (WHS), also called Fusarium
head blight, is a serious problem in the People's Republic of
China. Chinese scientists began research on WHS 50 years ago
and have made great progress, especially in breeding for WHS
resistance. Most of their work, however, has been published in
the Chinese language, which has limited its accessibility to
non-Chinese speaking scientists. The purpose of this review is
to bring English language readers up-to-date on scab research
that has been published in Chinese. We will critically review
research on biology of the major pathogen Fusarium graminearum,
on breeding for resistance to WHS, and on methods for disease
control. We hope that this review in English will provide scientists
all over the world with information on WHS research in China,
and will help build connections between scientists from China
and other countries.
NCAUR Wheat Head
Scab research team - 1997. Author Chen is standing on the right
and author Desjardins is in the back row third from the right.
Wheat Head Scab research team - 1999. Author Bai is on the left
and author Desjardins is in the middle.
This review was supported by the National
Agricultural Library-Plant Genome Data and Information Center,
USDA, USA. The authors thank S. McCarthy for coordinating the
project; Z-Q Hu, J-Q Wang, Y-L Song, F-M Dai, W-Z Lu, H-B Shi,
Y-J Lu, G-L Jiang, Z-Q Ma, and G-J Yu for their assistance in
literature search and collection; M-G Zhou for permission to
cite his unpublished data; RD Plattner and D-J Liu for their
critical comments on the review.
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