SDSU wheat expertise draws international scientists

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS -Scientists from two continents came to South Dakota State University this summer to learn how to develop wheat that can tolerate or resist disease and environmental stressors.

Hamida Benslimane from M’hamed Bougara University in Algeria studied the pathogens that cause the wheat fungus tan spot, while Dea Wook Kim from the National Institute of Crop Science in Suwon, South Korea, is working on pre-harvest sprouting.

Understanding tan spot

“Here I found people who have been working on tan spot for 20 years,” said the Algerian scientist. The disease causes significant yield losses in North Africa.

“I must first understand the pathogen before I can make resistant genotypes of wheat,” Benslimane explained.

She brought fungal speci