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Hongbin Tao Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Hongbin Tao presented her Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Transfer of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance to Hard Red Winter Wheat, on Monday, May 13, 2019 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Hongbin Tao Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Hongbin Tao (left) and advsior Dr. Francois Marais

May 17, 2019

On Monday, May 13, 2019, Hongbin Tao presented her Ph.D. dissertation, Transfer of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance to Hard Red Winter Wheat. Tao explains, “Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a serious disease of hard red winter wheat (HRWW) in North Dakota. Current varieties are lacking in resistance. Many resistance quantitative trait loci (QTL) have been discovered in spring wheat that can be employed in HRWW. The North Dakota State University breeding program aims to acquire and pyramid useful FHB resistance QTL into its breeding population. Hybrid populations derived from spring wheat were tested for type II resistance in order to derive new FHB resistant HRWW lines with pyramided QTL (Fhb1+) using molecular marker-assisted selection and evaluate the ability of the different QTL to complement Fhb1. The program also assesses FHB resistance in Thinopyrum distichum (wheat wild relative), random Thinopyrum single chromosome additions to wheat and triticale, and a triticale-Th. distichum secondary hybrid population. Useful winter wheat lines carrying Fhb1 with 1-2 additional resistance QTL were developed. The pyramids will be used in crosses to initiate full integration of the new QTL in the breeding germplasm.”

Prior to joining NDSU, Tao obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in China and a Doctoral degree in Germany. She chose NDSU Plant Sciences to continue enriching her knowledge.

During her time at NDSU, Tao was honored as a Gamma Sigma Delta inductee in 2017, received the Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship (2016-17, 2017-18), Frank Bain Graduate Scholarship (2018-19), and was a member of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association.

Looking toward the future, Tao plans to build a career teaching and researching at a college or university.

Tao’s graduate committee consisted of Dr. Xuehui Li, Dr. Zhaohui Liu, and Dr. Shaobin Zhong. Dr. G. Francois Marais served as major advisor.

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Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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