Highlighting some of the good news stories concerning plant protection at CropTec Show’s Crop Protection seminar, NFU senior plant health advisor Emma Hamer said work was underway at Rothamsted which could lead to development of septoria-resistant wheat.
Currently, septoria can avoid recognition by wheat plants by developing a chitin cell wall. “A wild type of wheat has been found that can recognise the camouflage and prevents septoria entering the plant. The genes have been identified. It is just a matter of breeders using this to confer resistance,” said Ms Hamer.