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 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 a past President of the British Society for Plant Pathology.



Publication date:

19 October 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 understanding the main fungal diseases of cereals. Part 2 discusses key challenges in integrated disease management of wheat and barley. These challenges include developing new fungicides, the problem of fungicide resistance, breeding disease-resistance varieties, improving disease identification and the use of natural antifungal compounds.

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: R. F. Park, University of Sydney, Australia;
2.Fusarium diseases: biology and management perspectives: Edward C. Rojas, Hans J. L. Jørgensen, Birgit Jensen and David B. Collinge, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;
3.Diseases affecting wheat: Septoria tritici blotch: Steve Goodwin, USDA-ARS, USA;
4.Diseases affecting wheat and barley: powdery mildew: Javier Sánchez-Martín, Salim Bourras and Beat Keller, University of Zurich, Switzerland;
5.Diseases affecting wheat: tan spot: C. S. Moffat, Curtin University, Australia; and F. M. Santana, Embrapa Trigo, Brazil;
6.Diseases affecting wheat: septoria nodorum blotch: A. K. Ruud and M. Lillemo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway;
7.A lesser-known pathogen of wheat: Bipolaris sorokiniana: E. Hill and P. Solomon, The Australian National University, Australia;
8.Diseases affecting wheat: wheat blast: J. L. N. Maciel, Embrapa Wheat, 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, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany;

Part 2 Key challenges in integrated disease management of cereals
11.Key challenges in developing new fungicides to treat cereal diseases: Rosemary Bryson and Horst-Dieter Brix, BASF, Germany;
12.Occurrence and avoidance of fungicide resistance in cereal diseases: Lise Nistrup Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark; Richard Peter Oliver, Curtin University, Australia; and Thies Marten Heick, Aarhus University, Denmark;
13.Improving genetic resources in breeding disease-resistant varieties of wheat and other cereals: Sambasivam Periyannan, Australian National University, Australia; and Lee Hickey, University of Queensland, Australia;
14.Developments in wheat and other cereal disease identification: diagnostic techniques: Sadia Iqbal and Michael G. K. Jones, Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Australia;
15.Natural antifungal compounds for the control of diseases in wheat and other cereals: A. Schouten, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
16.The role of tillage practices, rotations and intercropping in disease management of wheat and other cereals: Kelly Turkington, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;