Fusarium Tests and How to Use Them

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is well established in Ontario, Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan grain crops. Also called scab, this disease has now moved into western Saskatchewan and parts of Alberta as well. Alberta has a Fusarium graminearium management plan which defines a prevention and control strategy.  FHB is caused by Fusarium graminearum, a fungus that produces a mycotoxin called deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin.

Fusarium Testing FAQ

Q: Why is it important for me to get my seed tested for fusarium?

Fusarium graminearum is a highly aggressive fungus that causes fusarium head blight (FHB) and produces a mycotoxin that damages grain. Millions of dollars are lost annually in Canada and other parts of the world because of F. graminearum.

Important facts to consider:

What is a Fusarium DNA Test?

A fusarium DNA test, otherwise known as a molecular diagnostic, is a test that detects the presence of Fusarium graminearum through DNA.

Why Do a DNA Test?

F. graminearum causes fusarium head blight (FHB) in cereal crops, reducing yields and producing a mycotoxin that prevents or limits grain sales into food and feed markets.

While fungicide treatments can limit the extent of infection, they cannot prevent FHB from happening, and there are no effective means of rehabilitating fields once infected.

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