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Dr. Mark Belmonte, Biological Sciences

Western Producer: Wet conditions stoke sclerotinia fears

July 3, 2024 — 

Scientists are comparing samples to those taken in 2010 to identify any differences in sensitivity. Using the results, researchers hope to identify specific genetic markers linked to the genes responsible for fungicide resistance. That might eventually lead to varieties better able to withstand sclerotinia.

Last year, Mark Belmonte, a biology professor at the University of Manitoba, told the Manitoba Agronomists’ Conference that he and his team are using RNA interference in the fight. RNA transports genetic information to a cellular region where it undergoes conversion into a protein.

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