82% OF UK WHEAT AREA COULD BE AFFECTED BY BYDV*, AND WE HAVE THE GENETIC SOLUTIONS
The BDV2 resistance trait offers protection from the day the wheat is planted to the day it is harvested, for the same cost of a single pyrethroid spray. Resistance greatly simplifies crop management, removing the need to monitor and control aphid populations with foliar-applied insecticide sprays while benefitting the environment.
BYDV resistance, think Genserus think RAGT.
Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) is a serious disease in wheat, with plant infection occurring after about 30 mins of aphid feeding. The earlier the infection the worse the yield impact with yield losses on untreated crops as high as 60%. It is estimated each year, 82% of the UK crop area could be affected by BYDV if left untreated, which would cost the industry an average of £136 million a year.*
• Since the ban of Neonicotinoids, growers have no way of fully protecting their crops
• The main vector of BYDV in the south and west of the UK is Bird Cherry Aphid
*Source : UK Pests – Cost to Agriculture – HGCA Research Review No. 70
Genserus varieties give growers the ability to control BYDV in their wheat varieties using genetic resistance instead of insecticide sprays.
This new technology gives alternative control that protects both operator and environment without compromising efficacy.
Bdv2, a trait in winter wheat that gives protection to the crop 24/7, all season long. BYDV resistance works in wheat by reducing viral replication within the plant .
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The BDV2 gene have been successfully used in Australia, New Zealand and US. RAGT is the only breeder to have launch the BDV2 gene in Europe and the UK, enabling farmers to control BYDV without the use of insecticide sprays.
The project to enable the introgression of the gene into commercially adapted European varieties has been running for over 20 years.
This has become more relevant since neonicotinoids seed treatment have been banned, reducing again possible methods of control.
This is why it is a key corner stone of RAGT’s breeding program delivering genetic solutions for UK and European farmers.