Common resistance to different Fusarium spp. causing Fusarium head blight in wheat

Á Mesterházy, T. Bartók, G. Kászonyi, M. Varga, B. Tóth, J. Varga

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Different sets of wheat genotypes were tested under field conditions by spraying inocula of isolates of seven Fusarium spp. and Microdochium nivale (formerly F. nivale) in the period 1998-2002. The severity of Fusarium head blight (FHB), Fusarium-damaged kernels (FDK), the yield reduction and the deoxynivalenol (DON) contamination were also measured to describe the nature of the resistance. The degrees of FHB severity of genotypes to F. graminearum, F. culmorum, F. avenaceum, F. sporotrichioides, F. poae, F. verticillioides, F. sambucinum and M. nivale were very similar, indicating that the resistance to F. graminearum was similar to that for other Fusarium spp. listed. This is an important message to breeders as the resistance relates not only to any particular isolate of F. graminearum, but similarly to isolates of other Fusarium spp. This holds true for all the parameters measured. The DON contamination refers only to DON-producers F. graminearum and F. culmorum. Highly significant correlations were found between FHB, FDK, yield loss and DON contamination. Resistance components such as resistance to kernel infection, resistance to DON and tolerance were identified in the more susceptible genotypes. As compared with western European genotypes which produced up to 700 mg kg-1 DON, the Hungarian genotypes produced only 100 mg kg -1 at a similar FDK level. This research demonstrates the importance of measuring both FDK and DON in the breeding and selection of resistant germplasm and cultivars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-281
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Breeding for FHB
  • Common resistance to FHB
  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Food safety
  • Fusarium head blight
  • Fusarium spp.
  • Microdochium nivale
  • Resistance components

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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