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Investigimi i rezistencës ndaj Fuzariozës së kallirit në grurin e fortë

                                                S&T Cooperation Programme
between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Austria (2015-2016)
 
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
 
Project title: Investigations on Fusarium Head Blight of Durum Wheat originating  from Albania
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Name: Investigations on Fusarium Head Blight of Durum Wheat originating from    Albania
Project status: From: 2015-01-01 To: 2016-12-31
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Type (Programme): S&T Cooperation Programme between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Austria (2015-2016) 
Project cost: 979 800,00 LEK
Project funding: 500,00 LEK
Organization for financing
 
Organization Name: Agency for Research Technology and Innovation 
Organization address Blv " Zhan D'Ark" No. 23 Tirana, Albania
Organization country: Albanian  
Contact person name: Mrs. Rajna Spaho
Contact person email: rajna.spaho@akti.gov.al;  info@akti.gov.al
 
 
Albanian partner
Organization Name: Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, in the AUT,  Tirana, Albania 
Organization address: Rruga Siri Kodra, 132/1, Tirane, Albania/AUT, Kodër Kamëz, Tirana, Albania 
 
Contact person name: Prof. Dr. Fetah Elezi, project coordinator
Contact person email: elezi_fetah@ubt.edu.al
 
Project staff:   Dr.Valbona Hobdari;  M.Sc.Ervin Shishmani
Austrian Partner
 
Organization Name: Institute for Biotechnology in Plant Production;  University of Natural Resources Life Sciences, Vienna
Organization address: Konrad Lorenz Str 20. A-3430 Tulln
Contact person name: Prof. Marc Lemmens, project coordinator
Contact person email marc.lemmens@boku.ac.at
Project staff:   PhD. Vitore Shala-Mayrhofer
Short description of project
Fusarium is an important fungal disease causing Fusarium head blight (FHB) on ears of small grain cereals (e.g. durum wheat, hexaploid wheat, barley etc.). Several Fusarium spp. can cause this disease and they contaminate the kernels with mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are harmfull for Mammalia including man. For the most important mycotoxins (e.g. deoxynivalenol, zearalenone) maximum levels in food and feed are implemented in the EU. Growing wheat cultivars, which are resistant to Fusarium, is the best solution for this mycotoxin problem. By increasing the resistance level, the risk for toxin contamination is reduced. Therefore resistance breeding by introgressing and accumulating resistance factors from different sources is important. To use different resistance genes, a continuous search for new previously unused resistance sources is up most important. For Durum wheat there is a lack of resistance sources worldwide. The germplasm in Albanian Gene Banc contains several hundred entries of Durum wheat. This material was never investigated for resistance to FHB. Hence, this collection is extremely attractive to look for new resistance sources. In the scope of this project the Albanian partner makes the plant material available. The plants will be propagated in the first year to obtain sufficient seeds for the resistance tests. The Austrian partner will transfer know-how on identification and multiplication of Fusarium as well as artificial inoculation techniques including disease assessment to the Albanian staff. In the second year the lines will be investigated for FHB resistance in both countries. The outcome of the project will be information on Fusarium head blight resistance of the investigated Durum lines. Interesting resistance sources will be used in the future for resistance breeding and therefore in the end will contribute to food and feed safety and human health.  
Specific objectives
Transfer of the know-how for Fusarium inoculum production and Fusarium inoculation techniques to the Albanian staff.
A collection of Durum wheat lines originating from Albania which could be used as possible new resistance sources in resistance breeding programs. 
Will contribute to food and feed safety and human health.
Responsibilities of the Institute of Plant Genetic Resources as Albanian partner
To makes the durum wheat genetic material available. 
The plants will be propagated in the first year in Albania to obtain sufficient seeds for the resistance tests.
In the second year the lines will be investigated for FHB resistance in both countries.
Assist with the publication of results to a wider public;
Responsibilities of the Institute for Biotechnology in Plant Production;  as Austrian partner
 
Will transfer know-how to the Albanian partner on testing for FHB resistance including:
Identification and multiplication of Fusarium species, 
Application of artificial inoculation techniques to provoke the disease,
Disease assessment methods. 
Assist with the publication of results to a wider public;
Align the measure with other project activities.
 
                                        
 
 
 

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