A review of wheat diseases – a field perspective

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Figueroa, M., Hammond-Kosack, K. E. and Solomon, P. S. 2017. A review of wheat diseases – a field perspective. Molecular Plant Pathology. 19 (6), pp. 1523-1536. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12618

AuthorsFigueroa, M., Hammond-Kosack, K. E. and Solomon, P. S.

Wheat is one of the primary staple foods throughout the planet. Significant yield gains in wheat production over the past 40 years have resulted in a steady balance of supply versus demand. However, predicted global population growth rates and dietary changes mean that substantial yield gains over the next several decades will be needed to meet this escalating demand. A key component to meeting this challenge is better management of fungal incited diseases, which can be responsible for 15%–20% yield losses per annum. Prominent diseases of wheat that currently contribute to these losses include the rusts, blotches and head blight/scab. Other recently emerged or relatively unnoticed diseases, such as wheat blast and spot blotch, respectively, also threaten grain production. This review seeks to provide an overview of the impact, distribution and management strategies of these diseases. In addition, the biology of the pathogens and the molecular basis of their interaction with wheat are discussed.

Year of Publication2017
JournalMolecular Plant Pathology
Journal citation19 (6), pp. 1523-1536
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12618
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or code[20:20 Wheat] Maximising yield potential of wheat
Designing Future Wheat (DFW) [ISPG]
DFW - Designing Future Wheat - Work package 2 (WP2) - Added value and resilience
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Oct 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted22 Sep 2017
Copyright licenseCC BY
Grant IDBB/J/00426X/1

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