Genomic and pathogenic characterization of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini, cause of flax wilt in SK and MB

Posted on 19.01.2023 | Last Modified 19.01.2023
Lead Researcher (PI): Randy Kutcher
Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Total WGRF Funding: $227,696
Co-Funders: Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Start Date: 2022
Project Length: 3 Years

Collect Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini (Fol) isolates across the flax growing areas of SK and MB and characterize the pathogenicity of isolates. Sequence the selected isolates with Next Generation Sequencing and analyze genomes for association with pathogenicity and location. Develop PCR assay(s) to differentiate Fol isolates from other Fusarium spp. and non-pathogenic F. oxysporum isolates in plant and soil samples to replace the time-consuming phenotypic screening test.