December 2016 Trivia Answers

Jodi Nelson, Mary Varney '97, and Norm Sieling '58 were the first three people to answer the December trivia question correctly. Congratulations! 

December alumni trivia question:

“We’re talking about identifying one gene out of 60,000 genes,” said James Anderson, University agronomy and plant genetics professor and researcher on the project. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

In November, University of Minnesota researchers helped over 100 universities nationwide and in China clone a gene resistant to what disease? 

a) Barley Yellow Dwarf
b) Black Chaff
c) Crown and Root Rot
d) Fusarium Head Blight (Scab)

Answer: Fusarium Head Blight (Scab)

From the Minnesota Daily: 

“We’re talking about identifying one gene out of 60,000 genes,” said James Anderson, University agronomy and plant genetics professor and researcher on the project. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Fusarium head blight, often called wheat scab, is a fungus that makes wheat dangerous for other plants and for animal consumption. Between 1993 and 2001, it caused billions of dollars in crop yield losses — the disease’s largest epidemic. Not only does the disease affect yields, but the toxin can cause vomiting in humans and animals.

Anderson and other University professors have worked to breed scab-resistant wheat over the last two decades.

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