Studies on the genetic and molecular basis for clubroot resistance in canola

Researcher: Stephen Strelkov, Habibur Rahman, University of Alberta; Sheau-Fang Hwan, Jie Feng, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry; Gopalan Selvaraj, National Research Council – Plant Biotechnology Institute

Project Code: CGDP201-22

Final Report: September 2015

Summary: Clubroot, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae, is a destructive soilborne disease that is now prevalent on canola (Brassica napus) in central Alberta and appears to be spreading to other regions of the Prairies. The results of this five-year project have generated information and tools that will benefit clubroot resistance breeding activities, help guide the development of recommendations for proper resistance stewardship and, in the long term, enable rational approaches to clubroot management through an improved understanding of clubroot pathogenesis and the host response.

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