17 October, 2014
Greetings from the National Sclerotinia Initiative!
Although currently operating under a Continuing Resolution - https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-joint-resolution/124 - for FY2015, we are busy preparing for the 13th Annual National Sclerotinia Meeting – 21-23 January, 2015.
Please be sure to check this web page – see left & table below – for updates in the coming weeks.
The National Sclerotinia Initiative (NSI) employs an integrated and collaborative approach to guide research on the effective development of diagnostic technologies, disease management systems, genomic resources, and crop germplasm exhibiting durable resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, also known as white mold. To date, the NSI has produced no fewer than thirty nine germplasm releases with improved tolerance to white mold; pinto bean (7), pea (5), sunflower (12), common bean (8), soybean (4), chickpea (1), and lentil (2). NSI funded projects have also contributed to more than twenty five important variety releases with improved white mold resistance in pinto bean, soybean, common bean, lentil, great northern bean, and sunflower. The strategic deployment and use of these genetic resources by plant breeders, both public and private, will reduce losses to this devastating disease and help sustain the competitiveness of U.S. canola, pea, lentil, chickpea, common bean, soybean, and sunflower producers in domestic and global markets. The current Strategic Milestones and Accomplishment Report as well as related documents and information are located in the table at the bottom of this page.
Sincerely…W. P. Kemp
2015 Annual Meeting
Pre-plans of work are now being accepted for The 2015 Annual Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting. The deadline for submitting pre-plans of work is December 5, 2014.
About the National Sclerotinia Initiative
On January 20-22, 2004, approximately 80 scientists and related stakeholders with knowledge of the fungal disease, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (white mold) participated in an annual meeting/workshop hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in