Significant grower, government and private dollars are being invested into clubroot research.
Grower funds are directed through the Canola Agronomic Research Program and other funding agencies. These projects include:
1. 2004-21: Characterization of the clubroot disease problem on canola, Lead: Dr. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta.
Full Summary Report
2. 2008-14: Seedborne transmission of clubroot of canola: evaluation and significance and control, Lead: Dr. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta. FInal project report (PDF)
3. 2008-19: Effect of non-host crops and host management on clubroot of canola, Leads: Dr. Sheau-Fang Hwang and Dr. Stephen Strelkov, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and University of Alberta. Final project report (PDF).
4. PCARP: Survey and evaluation of soil micro-organisms for control of clubroot on canola, Lead: Dr. Gary Peng, AAFC.
5. 2009-18: Evaluation physical and chemical methods for cleaning and disinfesting tools, machinery, equipment, and other hard surfaces contaminated with clubroot, Lead: Dr. Ron Howard, Alberta Research Council.
6. 2010-03: Effects of clubroot-resistant canola lines on soils infested by Plasmodiophora brassicae, Lead: Dr. Sheau-Fang Hwang.
7. 2010F133R: Studies on the Genetic and Molecular Basis for Clubroot Resistance in Canola, Lead: Dr. Stephen Strelkov.
8. ADF 2010-0098: Genomics of clubroot disease development in canola and development of in planta RNAi to impart novel resistance, Lead: Dr. Peta Bonham-Smith.
The federal government of Canada committed $3.6 million of the Growing Forward fund to clubroot research in 2009. As a result the Clubroot Risk Mitigation Initiative was launched to bring researchers across the canola industry together to collaborate on the toughest clubroot issues. These projects are jointly administered by the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Some of these projects are:
Development of a Canadian clubroot differential set
Clubroot resistance stewardship: disease surveillance and pathotype monitoring
Mechanisms of resistance
Study of Plasmodiophora brassicae inoculum dispersal in western Canada
Establishment of a clubroot nursery
Integrated control strategies to reduce the impact of clubroot on canola
Evaluating methods for disinfesting tools, machinery and other hard surfaces contaminated with clubroot resting spores
Molecular mapping of the clubroot resistance of Rutabaga (B. napus var. rapifera)
Mapping clubroot resistance genes in B. rapa and developing molecular markers closely linked to these genes
Interaction of climate, soil and pathogen biology on management of clubroot of canola
Screening brassica germplasm for resistance and developing canola lines against prairie races of Plasmodiophora brassicae
Developing microbial technologies for biocontrol of clubroot
Formulation development for biological control of clubroot on canola
Public and private breeding programs are also working to develop more clubroot-resistant varieties for western Canada.
Once a year the clubroot researchers from across Canada meet to discuss current and proposed clubroot research. The most recent of these Clubroot Summits was held in 2012 and the following links provide access to copies of the presentations provided at this event.
2012 Clubroot Summit Presentations
Summary notes from the 2010 Clubroot Summit.
The first of these Clubroot Summits was held in 2009 and this served to launch the Clubroot Risk Mitigation Initiative. Meeting presentations and summary notes from the 2009 Clubroot Summit can be reviewed below.
Alberta clubroot survey 2008. Murray Hartman, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
Cleaning and disinfesting machinery and equipment. Ron Howard, Alberta Research Council.
Clubroot biocontrol. Gary Peng, AAFC.
Clubroot management research. Gary Peng, AAFC.
Development of clubroot resistant canola. Habibur Rahman, University of Alberta.
Integrated management of clubroot of crucifers. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta.
Pathology Model - clubroot vision. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta.
Pioneer 45H29. Igor Falak, Pioneer Hi-Bred.
Potential distribution and severity of clubroot in western Canada. Kelly Turkington and Randy Kutcher, AAFC.
Proposed clubroot breeding research. Habibur Rahman, University of Alberta.
Resistance rating scale for clubroot. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta.
Seedborne transmission of clubroot. Stephen Strelkov, University of Alberta.
Summary notes from 2009 Clubroot Summit