Dr. Randy Kutcher
Fusarium head blight of wheat has become a frequent disease of wheat across western Canada in recent years. The disease is difficult to control because highly resistant wheat varieties are not available and fungicides do not provide complete FHB control.
This presentation will highlight the environmental conditions conducive to the disease, review FHB disease management strategies, and discuss current research aimed at improving varietal resistance and making the most effective use of fungicides.
Dr. Randy Kutcher is an Associate Professor of Cereal and Flax Pathology with the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Randy conducts research to mitigate cereal and flax diseases using integrated pest management (IPM) solutions. His areas of focus include: stripe rust and fusarium head blight of wheat, crown rust of oat, and fusarium wilt of flax.
Randy has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Manitoba, as well as a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked as a research scientist/plant pathologist, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Melfort, studying the mitigation of plant diseases in sustainable cropping systems, with an emphasis on broadleaf crops, particularly canola.