Tomasz Goral

Potential Speaker for plant biology conference 2017-Tomasz Goral

Title: Stability of resistance to Fusarium head blight and Fusarium toxin accumulation in winter wheat lines over different environments.

Tomasz Goral

Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute NRI, Poland


Dr. Tomasz Goral received his Master of Sciences degree in the field of Plant Pathology, at the Agricultural University in Warsaw. His MSc thesis title: “Fusarium head blight of wheat, rye and triticale”. He also received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of Agricultural Sciences, at the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute in Radzików. His PhD thesis title: “Importance of primary inoculum sources for epidemics of Septoria nodorum blotch of triticale.” He works in the research department of Plant Pathology on fungal diseases of cereals: Septoria nodorum blotch and Fusarium head blight. Leading of research programs on Fusarium head blight of wheat, durum and triticale and creating of initial material for breeding of disease resistant wheat. Leading of laboratory working on diseases of cereals (Fusarium head blight of wheat, durum and triticale; Fusarium ear rot of maize), fungal metabolites analysis (mycotoxins, ergosterol, endotoxins) and faba bean diseases.


Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance of advanced winter wheat breeding lines was evaluated for three year in two locations (six environments). Lines were selected from breeding programs of Polish breeding companies based on their increased FHB resistance. They did not contain any FHB resistance genes from exotic resistance sources e.g. Sumai 3. Lines were sown in field experiments located in Cerekwica, Western Poland, and in Radzików, Central Poland. Three Fusarium culmorum isolates - two of DON-chemotype and one of NIV-chemotype - producing deoxynivalenol (DON), nivalenol (NIV) and zearalenone (ZEN) were applied for inoculum production. Wheat heads were inoculated at flowering stage with a mixture of conidial suspensions of the isolates, using the same mixture at both localities. Severity of head infection by F. culmorum was assessed (combined type I and II of FHB resistance). After the harvest, the frequency of Fusarium-damaged kernels (FDK) was visually assessed (type III of resistance).  Wheat grain was analyzed for concentration of Fusarium mycotoxins (type V of resistance) and ergosterol (ERG) which is marker of fungal biomass amount in kernel (type III of resistance). Zearalenone was quantified using AgraQuant®ZON test kit. Trichothecenes of group B (DON and derivatives and NIV) were quantified using gas chromatography technique. Ergosterol amount was measured using HPLC technique. In all six environments, we found significant differences between lines in all studied types of resistance. Lines showing moderate resistance to FHB and toxin accumulation were identified. Their reaction was stable over different environments. We found significant correlations between different years and locations for the most of variables; however, correlation coefficients varied depending on weather conditions. Variables describing different types of FHB resistance correlated significantly. The highest coefficients were found for correlations: FDK vs trichothecenes B concentration and ERG vs trichothecenes B concentration. The lowest were coefficients for correlation between ZEN concentration and the other variables.