Type: Book

Integrated disease management of wheat and barley


Professor Richard Oliver is John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the Centre for Crop Disease Management at Curtin University, Australia. Amongst other honours, Professor Oliver is an Honorary Fellow of both the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Honorary Professor at Exeter and Nottingham Universities and was previously a Fellow at Rothamsted Research in the UK and a Visiting Professor at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is also President-Elect of the British Society for Plant Pathology.



Publication date:

Q3 2018

Length of book:

420 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762160



Diseases remain a serious problem in wheat and barley cultivation. It has been estimated that around 20% of global crop production is lost to diseases. Leading fungal diseases affecting wheat and barley include rusts, Septoria blotches, powdery mildew, tan spot, spot blotch, net blotch, scald and Fusarium species. Conventional control using fungicides faces a number of challenges such as increasing regulation and the spread of fungicide resistance.

This collection sums up the wealth of research addressing this challenge. Part 1 reviews the latest research on the main fungal diseases of cereals. Part 2 discusses the extent of fungicide resistance and how it can best be managed. The third part of the book surveys the range of techniques for breeding varieties of wheat and other cereals resistant to fungal pathogens, whilst the final section of the book explores the range of methods for integrated disease management of cereals.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in wheat cultivation.

Key features

  • Reviews key recent research on the main fungal diseases, their modes of infection and potential strategies for dealing with them
  • Summaries the range of techniques for breeding more resistant varieties
  • Assesses ways to manage fungicide resistance and the range of methods in developing integrated disease management of cereals

What others are saying...

"This is an impressive compilation of up-to-date information on fungal diseases of wheat and barley and their management. This volume is destined to become a key reference work for anyone keen to learn more about fungal diseases of these two major crops, and the latest options for limiting their impact worldwide."
Professor John Lucas, formerly Head of Plant Pathology at Rothamsted Research, UK; and Honorary Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Table of contents

Part 1 Fungal diseases of cereals
1.Diseases affecting wheat and barley: rusts: Robert Park, University of Sydney, Australia;
2.Diseases affecting wheat and barley: Fusarium species: David B. Collinge, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;
3.Diseases affecting wheat: Septoria leaf blotch: Steve Goodwin, USDA-ARS and Purdue University, USA;
4.Diseases affecting wheat and barley: powdery mildew: Beat Keller, University of Zurich, Switzerland;
5.Diseases affecting wheat: tan spot: Caroline Moffat, Centre for Crop Disease Management - Curtin University, Australia;
6.Diseases affecting wheat: septoria nodorum: Morten Lillemo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway;
7.Diseases affecting wheat: spot blotch and other less well known necrotrophs: Peter Solomon, Australian National University, Australia;
8.Diseases affecting wheat: wheat blast: Joao Maciel, EMBRAPA, Brazil;
9.Diseases affecting barley: net blotches: Simon Ellwood, Curtin University, Australia; and Hugh Wallwork, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Australia;
10.Diseases affecting barley: scald: Wolfgang Knogge, Wolfgang Knogge, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany;

Part 2 The challenge of fungicide resistance
11.Good practice in minimising the development of fungicide resistance in cereal cultivation: Lise Nistrup Jorgensen, Aarnus University, Denmark;
12.Key challenges in developing new fungicides to treat cereal diseases: Horst-Dieter Brix, BASF, Germany;

Part 3 Techniques for breeding varieties of wheat and other cereals resistant to fungal pathogens
13.Improving genetic resources in breeding disease-resistant varieties of wheat and other cereals: Sambasivam Periyannan, CSIRO, Australia;
14.Developing novel sources of disease resistance in wheat and other cereals: Matthew Moscou, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK;

Part 4 Techniques for integrated disease management of cereals
15.Developments in wheat and other cereal disease identification/diagnostic techniques: Mike Jones, Murdoch University, Australia;
16.Use of disease forecasting systems/modelling to manage diseases in wheat and other cereals: Erick DeWolf, Kansas State University, USA;
17.The role of tillage practices, rotations and intercropping in disease management of wheat and other cereals: Kelly Turkington, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;
18.Natural antifungal compounds for the control of diseases of wheat and other cereals: Alexander Schouten, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
19.Integrated disease management in organic wheat and barley cultivation: Martin Wolfe, The Organic Research Centre/Wakelyns Agroforestry, UK;