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Wheat Virus in the Great Plains

In 2013,Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Dr. Shuyu Liu received a research grant on plant disease management through the NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. He and his team recently published two articles, “Saturated Genetic Mapping of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Resistance Gene Wsm2 in Wheat” and “Development and Validation of KASP Markers for Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Resistance Gene Wsm2,” in Crop Science journal. Both articles discuss how wheat streak mosaic virus, also known as WSMV, is a major threat to wheat production in the Great Plains, one of the largest wheat regions in the nation. Although, the threat of the wheat virus is prevalent stateside, it can be found in all major wheat-growing regions of the world.

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