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Field Crop Diseases



Top 3 diseases to watch for fungicide resistance

Figure 1. A) Barley net form of net blotch, B) barley powdery mildew and C) Wheat powdery mildew have been highlighted in the 2016 Fungicide Resistance Group sampling report.

Three key fungicide resistance findings from the 2016 growing season remind Australian growers to stay vigilant when it comes to monitoring crop disease. These are findings of the annual sampling report by the Fungicide Resistance Group, a program within the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, co-supported by Curtin University […]

Lupin growers to keep an eye out for Lupin anthracnose

In the eastern Riverina region of NSW in October 2016 lupin anthracnose was detected for the first time in commercial crops. The disease is present in WA and SA but still remains a notifiable exotic disease in NSW and Victoria. Natural hosts of lupin anthracnose are not established in NSW […]

Spot the difference – identifying fungal diseases on canola

This article describes the different symptoms of canola fungal diseases blackleg, white leaf spot, downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot. Blackleg Blackleg, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, is the most serious disease of canola in Australia. Blackleg lesions are grey, circular spots with black fruiting bodies (pycnidia) forming in the […]

White leaf spot of canola

Figure 1. Early symptoms of white leaf spot on canola leaf.

During 2017 there is an increased incidence of canola white leaf spot in many regions of southern Australia. The disease is distributed worldwide, but in Australia, it is not usually severe enough to cause yield loss. However, if environmental conditions are favourable, it can result in significant defoliation causing reduced […]

Monitor blackleg severity to ensure return on fungicide application

During 2015 and 2016 the blackleg fungus overcame the blackleg resistance of some Group A cultivars. These cultivars dropped from Moderately Resistant (MR) to Moderately Susceptible (MS) and all updated ratings are available in the 2017 Autumn Blackleg Management guide. In the lead up to the 2017 season, fungicide application […]

Getting the timing right to manage Yellow Leaf Spot in wheat

Yellow leaf spot spores on stubble

Variable responses to fungicide timing to manage Yellow Leaf Spot in wheat led researchers to look more closely at how the fungus matures on stubble. Researchers are looking into how the fungus which causes Yellow Leaf Spot on wheat survives and matures on stubble, which in turn affects the onset […]

Plan and budget for chickpea Ascochyta in advance

ascochyta in genesis 090 chickpeas

Leading into the 2017 season the risks presented by Ascochyta blight in chickpeas are at an elevated level. The occurrence of a new virulent strain of the Ascochyta blight pathogen has resulted in all resistance ratings being revised to susceptible or moderately susceptible. Throughout the Southern Region there is also […]

Top tips for managing pulse diseases in 2017

SARDI Pulse Pathologist Jenny Davidson gives an outline of the main pulse disease issues to watch out for heading into the 2017 season while at the February 2017 GRDC Research Update in Adelaide. In particular, Jenny addresses botrytis and chocolate spot as well as ascochyta resistance breakdown in lentils in […]