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Small Grains Initiative

The Small Grains Initiative (SGI) provides a means for the U of M to initiate or accelerate problem solving or opportunity research, and associated extension programs, and to support and sustain Minnesota's wheat and barley industry.

Recently Funded Projects

Funding is granted for a two year cycle.

2018-2019 Grants

GRANT AMOUNTCONTACTPROJECT TITLE
$106,666James AndersonBreeding Disease Resistant Wheat
$101,227Melania Figueroa

Genetic Improvement of Oat against Fungal Disease: Crown Rust and Loose Smut

$67,236Gary Muehlbauer

Examine the Utility of Fhb1 for Scab Resistance in Barley

$23,351Madeleine SmithEpidemiology of Barley Yellow Dwarf in Minnesota
$19,120Kevin SmithImproving Durable Resistance to Crown Rust in Oats
$69,731Kevin SmithEnhancing Resistance to Multiple Disease in Barley
$510,714Brian SteffensonRuth Dill-MackyMadeleine SmithYanhong Dong and Carol Ishimaru

Evaluation of Small Grains Cereals for Multiple Disease Resistance and Mycotoxins

$14,013.95Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist

2016-2017 Grants

GRANT AMOUNTCONTACTPROJECT TITLE
$107,457James AndersonAccelerated Breeding of Disease Resistant Wheat
$143,622Ruth Dill-MackyEvaluation of Wheat and Barley for Multiple Disease Resistance
$138,343Yanhong DongMycotoxin Analysis Services for Fusarium Head Blight Research
$84,230Melania Figueroa

Assessment of Disease Resistance Durability in Oats against Aggressive Isolates of Crown Rust and Smut Fungi

$107,545Carol IshimaruIncorporating Pathogen Variability into Breeding Strategies for Bacterial Leaf Streak Resistance in Wheat and Barley
$44,312Gary Muehlbauer

Identify Novel Scab Resistance Loci in Barley

$30,000Gary Muehlbauer

Enhancement of Scab Resistance in Wheat by Molecular Genetics

$70,035Kevin SmithEnhancing Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Barley
$147,568Madeleine SmithEvaluating Spring Wheat and Barley Lines for Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Northwest Minnesota
$90,835Brian Steffenson

Evaluation of Minnesota Barley Breeding Germplasm for Multiple Disease Resistance

$18,694Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist

2014-2015 Grants

Grant AmountContactProject Title
$111,960James AndersonAccelerated Breeding of Disease Resistant Wheat
$134,382Ruth Dill-MackyEvaluation of Wheat and Barley for Multiple Disease Resistance
$96,483Yanhong DongMycotoxin Analysis Services for Fusarium Head Blight Research
$64,561Carol IshimaruBacterial Leaf Streak of Wheat: An Emergent Problem in Need of Solutions
$70,716Kevin SmithEnhancing Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Barley
$153,553Madeleine SmithEvaluating Spring Wheat and Barley Lines for Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Northwest Minnesota
$68,322Brian Steffenson

Developing Barley Varieties with Multiple Disease Resistance

$42,500Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist

2012-2013 Grants

Grant AmountContactProject Title
$119,768James AndersonAccelerated Breeding of Disease Resistant Wheat
$156,452Ruth Dill-MackyEvaluation of Wheat and Barley for Multiple Disease Resistance
$103,983Yanhong DongMycotoxin Analysis Services for Fusarium Head Blight Research
$72,061Carol IshimaruBacterial Leaf Streak of Wheat: An Emergent Problem in Need of Solutions
$156,890Albert SimsEvaluating Spring Wheat and Barley Lines for Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Northwest Minnesota
$94,543Kevin SmithMarker Assisted Breeding for Enhanced Disease Resistance in Barley
$75,822Brian SteffensonBreeding Barley for Multiple Disease Resistance
$49,993Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist

2010-2011 Grants

Grant AmountContactProject Title
$149,501 James AndersonAccelerated Breeding of Disease Resistant Wheat
$193,228Ruth Dill-MackyEvaluation of Wheat and Barley Breeding Lines for Multiple Disease Resistance
$113,734Yanhong DongMycotoxin Analysis Services for Fusarium Head Blight Research
$72,088Charla HollingsworthBacterial Leaf Stripe of Wheat: An Emergent Problem in Need of Solutions
$95,306James KolmerChromosome Mapping of New Genes for Leaf Rust Resistance in Wheat and Enhancement of Leaf Rust Resistence in Spring Wheat Cultivars
$94,656Gary MuehlbauerEnhancement of Scab Resistance in Wheat and Barley by Molecular Genetics
$28,000George NelsonGeneral Wheat Support/Fusarium Head Blight Nursery
$131,200Kevin SmithMarker Assisted Breeding for Enhanced Disease Resistance in Barley
$162,043Larry SmithEvaluating Spring Wheat and Barley Lines for Resistance to Multiples Diseases in Northwest Minnesota
$91,010Brian SteffensonBreeding Barley for Multiple Disease Resistance
$30,000Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist
$15,000Jochum WiersmaRed River On-Farm Yield Trials for Spirng Wheat and Barley

2008-2009 Grants

Grant AmountContactProject Title
$133,411James AndersonAccelerated Breeding of Disease Resistant Wheat
$190,000Ruth Dill-MackyEvaluation of Wheat and Barley Breeding Lines for Multiple Disease Resistance: St. Paul
$78,000Ruth Dill-MackyDeoxynivalenol Production in the Fusarium Disease Complex
$140,713Yanhong DongMycotoxin Analysis Services for Fusarium Head Blight Research
N/ACharla HollingsworthExamining Mycotoxin Content of Grain In Response to Application of Triazole and/or Strobilurin Fugicide on Wheat and Barley At Different Crop Growth Stages
$64,000Charla HollingsworthExamining Germplasm Response to Fungicide Application in Regard to Growing Environment
$88,000James KolmerChromosome Mapping of New Genes for Leaf Rust Resistance and Improvement of Leaf Rust Resistance in Spring Wheat Germplasm
$82,000Gary MuehlbauerEnhancement of Scab Resistance in Wheat and Barley by Molecular Genetics
$99,528Kevin SmithMarker Assisted Breeding for Enhanced Disease Resistance in Barley
$149,138 Larry SmithEvaluating Spring Wheat and Barley Lines for Resistance to Multiple Diseases in Northwest Minnesota
$78,000Brian SteffensonValidation of Marker Assisted Selection for FHB Resistance Loci from Barley Accession COMP 351
$18,876Brian SteffensonEvaluation of Barley Breeding Lines for Multiple Disease Resistance
$15,000Jochum Wiersma Red River On-Farm Yield Trials for Spring Wheat and Barley
$30,000Jochum WiersmaGeneral Support of Small Grains Specialist
N/AJochum WiersmaUsing Historical Yield Data to Determine the Effect of Climate Change on Productivity of Spring Wheat, Barley, and Oats in Minnesota
$28,000 George NelsonGeneral Wheat Support / Fusarium Head Blight Nursery