Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award for Banchgize Getie.

21 May 2014

This award for early-career women wheat researchers, established in 2010, provides professional development opportunities for women working in wheat during the early stages of their career. The award is named after Jeanie Borlaug Laube, mentor to many, and daughter of Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.Jeanie Borlaug Laube has served as Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI)since October 2009.

left to right: Dr Davinder Singh, Jeanie Borlaug Laube,  Banchgize Getie and Prof Robert Park
left to right: Dr Davinder Singh, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, Banchgize Getie and Prof Robert Park

Banchgize Getie, a PhD student at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI),supervised by Prof Robert Park and Dr Davinder Singh, was invited to the annual BGRI technical workshop, held in Obregon, Mexico in March 2014. The award is intended to help cover costs associated with attending the BGRI technical workshop as well as attending a training program at CIMMYT in Obregon, Mexico in 2013, along with the 2013 Jeanie Borlaug WIT Award recipients.She was honoured in Obregon Mexico at a lunch seminar talk on gender equity in Agriculture and also at an invitation-only dinner hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during the meeting.

Banchi 'sstudy is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through one of her supervisor's project (Professor Robert Park): "Increasing Skills in Cereal Rust Pathology and Genetics in the Developing World",

Banchgize Getie will be undertaking the following 3 research projects during her PhD at the PBI:

  • characterization of resistance to stem rust, leaf rust and stripe rust among 86 wheat landraces and cultivars (durum and emmer) originating from Ethiopia. The lines were tested in both the greenhouse as seedlings and field as adult plants in 2012. This has allowed identification of several genotypes with adult plant resistance. The lines will be marker genotyped in 2013, and tested again in the field

  • genetic characterisation and mapping of resistance to 5 Ethiopian wheat genotypes found to carry potentially new triple rust resistance

  • genetic characterization of leaf rust and stripe rust resistance in the English winter wheat cultivars Spark and Rialto. A double haploid population generated from these two cultivars by colleagues in the UK, for which a high density map is already available, is being used in this work. To date, the population has been phenotyped in seedling assays with four rust isolates, and field assessments at adult plant growth stages have indicated the likely presence of four genes conferring APR to leaf rust. Banchi has already mapped the APR gene of greatest effect to chromosome 3BS, and has narrowed this down to a region of about 5cM within which she has 40 polymorphic SNP markers. Selected individual lines from the population were also crossed to the susceptible genotype Avocet "S" to allow the development of high resolution mapping families.

Contact: Dr Davindar Singh

Phone: 02 9351 8828

Email: 23393b182c3e27595d35214136390331410c2b350b1f2f07026f0e42