Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is conducting a survey on Fusarium graminearum to help better manage the disease.
“For example, if you’re trying to prevent the introduction of the organism in an area, there are certain things you can do, but if it’s already there, the prevention practices aren’t going to work,” said provincial plant pathologist Michael Harding.
In the last four years there have been indications graminearum distribution might be changing. Samples, typically collected by agricultural fieldmen, are sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for lab tests, which include testing for mycotoxin contamination.
For more information, call 310-FARM (3276).