Growers have the chanceto work closely with experts from Rothamsted Research on how variety choiceaffects the disease take-all.
Volunteers are neededto host two year trials as part of Rothamsteds 20:20 Wheat project, whichbuilds on previous HGCA work on take-all (project 3480).
Growers can get anearly look at the latest research into take-all, explains Dr Vanessa McMillanof Rothamsted. The work so far seems to show that certain wheat varietiescause less build-up of take-all in the soil. Now, we want to find out if thisis the case on-farm.
In the first year ofthe trial, the field will be divided in half and sown with two differentvarieties from a list provided by Rothamsted. In year two, the grower can sowany variety and simply needs to keep track of take-all levels and yield acrossthe field.
There are a fewspecific requirements we need from growers. Fields should be at least 1ha insize but it is not a problem if they are bigger. It is essential that theprevious crop was not a cereal and that the land does not suffer from seriousproblems with grass weeds. Apart from these, we are quite flexible as wewould like results from a wide range of on-farm conditions.
Anyone interested intaking part should contact Vanessa McMillan or Professor Kim Hammond-Kosack atRothamsted Research: [email protected]01582 763 133 Ext 2247/2527 [email protected]01582 763 133 Ext 2240.