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Achieving durable disease resistance in cereals


Professor Richard Oliver has recently retired from his position as 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 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 2021

Length of book:

970 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786766014

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"This book is number 106 in the Burleigh Dodds Series in Agriculture Science and continues this excellent series of informative reviews in plant and animal agricultural production systems. This volume is a collection of chapters by experts in cereal diseases and disease management from around the world and contains some excellent detailed overviews on recent advances in our understanding of key cereal pathogens and advances in their management. It will be a valuable resource for wheat and barley focussed researchers, breeders and growers."
(Professor Matt Dickinson, University of Nottingham, UK - Plant Pathology)

It’s been estimated that up to 40% of crop yields are lost to pests and diseases worldwide, a problem exacerbated by increasing fungicide resistance. Given the continuous struggle between crops and the diseases which exploit them, achieving durable disease resistance remains a key challenge in ensuring global food security. A range of issues need to be addressed to meet this challenge for major diseases affecting cereal crops such as Fusarium, barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and Septoria.

Achieving durable disease resistance in cereals provides an authoritative review of key advances, from better understanding of pathogen biology/epidemiology and plant-pathogen interactions, to identifying sources of resistance and advances in techniques for breeding new varieties. This collection offers a comprehensive review of research on achieving durable resistance to diseases such as Fusarium head blight, Septoria tritici blotch, Septoria nodorum blotch, tan spot, blast, BYDV and Ramularia.

Edited by Professor Richard Oliver, Curtin University, Australia, Achieving durable disease resistance in cereals will be an excellent reference for researchers in cereal science, arable farmers, government and private sector agencies supporting cereal production and companies supplying the cereals sector (e.g. seed companies). It complements Integrated disease management of wheat and barley, also edited by Professor Oliver, published by Burleigh Dodds Science in 2018.

What others are saying...

"The proposed collection of chapters by leading scientists broadly covers all aspects of durable resistance in cereals and represents one of the most comprehensive resources available to scientists on this topic. It will serve as a key reference on disease resistance for many years to come. I am very much looking forward to having a personal copy on my desk."
Mark E. Sorrells, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, USA

Table of contents

1.Global patterns of cereal diseases and the impacts of breeding for host plant resistance: Serge Savary and Laetitia Willocquet, Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’alimentation et l’Environnement (INRAE), France;

Part 1 Fungal diseases of cereals: rusts
2.Advances in understanding the biology and epidemiology of rust diseases of cereals: Vanessa Bueno-Sancho, Clare M. Lewis and Diane G. O. Saunders, John Innes Centre, UK;
3.Advances in identifying stripe rust resistance genes in cereals: Tianheng Ren, Zhi Li, Feiquan Tan, Cheng Jiang and Peigao Luo, Sichuan Agricultural University, China;

Part 2 Fungal diseases of cereals: Fusarium head blight
4.Advances in understanding the epidemiology of Fusarium in cereals: Stephen N. Wegulo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA;
5.Cereal-Fusarium interactions: Improved fundamental insights into Fusarium pathogenomics and cereal host resistance reveals new ways to achieve durable disease control: Claire Kanja, Ana K. Machado Wood, Laura Baggaley, Catherine Walker and Kim E. Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted Research, UK;
6.Advances in genetic improvement of durable resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat: Guihua Bai, USDA-ARS, USA;

Part 3 Fungal diseases of cereals: Septoria tritici blotch
7.Advances in understanding the epidemiology of Septoria tritici blotch in cereals: Stephen B. Goodwin, USDA-ARS, USA;
8.Understanding plant-pathogen interactions in Septoria tritici blotch infection of cereals: Y. Petit-Houdenot and M.-H. Lebrun, UMR Bioger, Université Paris Saclay, INRAE, AgroParistech, France; and G. Scalliet, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, Switzerland;
9.Advances in breeding techniques for durable Septoria tritici blotch (STB) resistance in cereals: Harsh Raman, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia;

Part 4 Fungal diseases of cereals: Septoria nodorum blotch and spot blotch
10.Understanding the plant-pathogen interaction associated with Septoria nodorum blotch of wheat: Gayan K. Kariyawasam, North Dakota State University, USA; and Timothy L. Friesen, Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, USDA-ARS, USA;
11.Advances in genetic mapping of Septoria nodorum blotch resistance in wheat and applications in resistance breeding: Min Lin and Morten Lillemo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway;
12.Advances in breeding techniques for durable resistance to spot blotch in cereals: Ramesh Chand, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, India; Sudhir Navathe, Agharkar Research Institute, India; and Sandeep Sharma, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, India;

Part 5 Fungal diseases of cereals: net blotch
13.Advances in understanding the epidemiology, molecular biology and control of net blotch and the net blotch barley interaction: Anke Martin, Barsha Poudel and Buddhika Amarasinghe Dahanayaka, Centre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Mark S. McLean, Agriculture Victoria, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Tourism and Resources, Australia; Lisle Snyman, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia; and Francisco J. Lopez-Ruiz, Centre for Crop and Disease Management, Curtin University, Australia;
14.Understanding plant–pathogen interactions in net blotch infection of cereals: Karl M. Effertz, Shaun J. Clare, Sarah M. Harkins and Robert S. Brueggeman, Washington State University, USA;
15.Breeding barley for durable resistance to net and spot forms of net blotch: Jerome D. Franckowiak, University of Minnesota, USA; and Gregory J. Platz, Hermitage Research Facility, Agri-Science Queensland, Australia;

Part 6 Fungal diseases of cereals: tan spot, blast and Ramularia
16.Tan spot disease under the lenses of plant pathologists: Reem Aboukhaddour and Mohamed Hafez, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada; Stephen E. Strelkov, University of Alberta, Canada; and Myriam R. Fernandez, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;
17.Towards an early warning system for wheat blast: epidemiological basis and model development: J. M. Fernandes, Embrapa Trigo, Brazil; E. M. Del Ponte and J. P. Ascari, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil; T. J. Krupnik, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Bangladesh; W. Pavan, Universidade de Passo Fundo and SensorOn – Estrada do Trigo, Brazil; F. Vargas, SensorOn – Estrada do Trigo, Brazil; and T. Berton, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil;
18.Investigating the biology of rice blast disease and prospects for durable resistance: Vincent M. Were and Nicholas J. Talbot, The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of East Anglia, UK;
19.Ramularia leaf spot in barley: Neil Havis, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK;

Part 7 Barley yellow dwarf virus
20.Advances in understanding the biology and epidemiology of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV): Douglas Lau, Embrapa Trigo, Brazil; Talita Bernardon Mar, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Fellow (CNPq) (Embrapa-CNPq), Brazil; Carlos Diego Ribeiro dos Santos, Postgraduate Program in Plant Science, Faculty of Agronomy, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil; Eduardo Engel, Postgraduate Program in Entomology, University of São Paulo, Brazil; and Paulo Roberto do Valle da Silva Pereira, Embrapa Florestas, Brazil;
21.Resistance breeding in barley against Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV): avoiding negative impacts on anatomy and physiology: Torsten Will, Frank Ordon and Dragan Perovic, Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Germany;

Part 8 Fungal diseases of cereals: Regional strategies
22.Key challenges in breeding durable disease-resistant cereals: North America: Christina Cowger, USDA-ARS, USA;
23.Achievements in breeding cereals with durable disease resistance in Northwest Europe: James K. M. Brown, John Innes Centre, UK;
24.Key challenges in breeding durable disease-resistant cereals: North Africa and West Asia: Sarrah Ben M’Barek, Regional Field Crops Research Center of Béja and CRP Wheat Septoria Phenotyping Platform, Tunisia; and Seyed Mahmoud Tabib Ghaffary, Safiabad Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center (AREEO), Iran;