Location: Corn Host Plant Resistance Research
Project Number: 6406-21000-013-18
Start Date: Jan 01, 2014
End Date: Dec 31, 2018
In this project we will (1) Develop new germplasm for improved abiotic stress tolerance and lower aflatoxin risk. (2) Validate previously reported aflatoxin resistance Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) in crosses with high yielding inbred lines. (3) Characterize and release inbred lines with multiple stress resistance, focusing on aflatoxin reduction and resistance to other potentially associated factors (e.g., drought tolerance, insect resistance) for commercial application. (4) Optimize integrated approaches to reduce aflatoxin by characterizing individual contributions and interactions of best genetics, crop and pest management (insect control), and atoxigenic strains leading to best management recommendations (5) Educate students and producers on a comprehensive, integrated aflatoxin management strategy, through extension meetings and multi-media publications, and directed partly from research conducted on grower cooperator farms.