‘Healthy crops, healthy food: How do we stop microscopic fungi affecting crop yields and grain quality?’

Jul 06th - All Day

Healthy crops, healthy food

How do we stop microscopic fungi affecting crop yields and grain quality?

Wednesday, 6th July 16:30 to 19:30

 Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, Herts., AL5 2JQ

Fusarium ear blight is a microscopic fungus which infects cereal crops when wet weather prevails.

Infection results in lower grain yields, reduced grain quality and contamination of the grain with toxins which are harmful to humans and animals.

It is one of the most serious diseases to emerge on cereal crops since the early 1990s.

The free science event includes:

  • An introductory talk from Professor Kim Hammond-Kosack - How do we stop microscopic fungi affecting crop yields and grain quality?   
  • Walking tour of a wheat field trial to see, for yourself, the disease levels on different cultivars. Please wear appropriate footwear.
  • Four interactive exhibits from scientists conducting Fusarium, and plant pathogen related research.

The fungal blueprint of life: Learn about how the fungal genome is explored to expose potential weaknesses.

The Fusarium lab: A virtual Fusarium lab will demonstrate how early infection is diagnosed and how gene function is investigated.

Fusarium: Friend and Foe: Explore the negative and the positive impacts of Fusarium on society.

How to sustainably control Fusarium: Learn about existing Fusarium control and the development of novel approaches to minimise the disease in wheat crops.

This event will be very popular, please reserve free tickets at: http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events

Please wear appropriate footwear.

Follow us, and the event, on twitter: #HealthyCrops @Rothamsted

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