Priming plant defense: A broad spectrum defense response that protects crops that have no genetic resistance or effective chemical treatment

Posted on 26.06.2019 | Last Modified 22.02.2021
Lead Researcher (PI): Hossein Borhan
Institution: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $104,500
Co-Funders: Agriculture Development Fund, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
Start Date: 2019
Project Length: 3 Years

To develop a natural priming agent applied as a seed treatment and/or foliar spray for ‘priming’ plant defense against pathogens where genetic plant resistance is lacking and/or chemical treatments are not sufficient. The target diseases are Ascochyta blight of chickpea, Aphanomyces root rot of pea and lentil, and Fusarium head blight in wheat.