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Diseases of Small Grain Cereal Crops

A Colour Handbook, 1st Edition

By T.D. Murray, David W. Parry, Nigel D. Cattlin

CRC Press

144 pages | 240 Color Illus.

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The small grain cereals wheat, barley, oats and rye are cultivated worldwide. They form the foundation of most agricultural systems and are essential in the manufacture of staple products such as bread, pasta and fermented beverages. Reflecting the global and economic importance of cereal crops, this book aims to make identification of diseases afflicting them easier. Covering 40-50 of the most important pathogens in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia, the handbook contains superb color photographs accompanied by clear, concise descriptions of diseases with advice on their control and is of use to plant health professionals, growers, farmers, and students of agriculture.

Diseases are illustrated at varying stages of development and entries follow an easy-to-use format. First the pathogens involved and their symptoms are described; next information on the disease cycle is given, covering epidemiological features and the form taken by the pathogen in different climates. The section on economic significance deals with effects on yield and the ecosystem, while that on control advises growers on measures and techniques to combat the outbreak of disease, including the latest chemical treatments. For each disease, detailed references provide a key to further reading.

Table of Contents

Introduction: diagnostic guide to cereal disease

Ear and Grain Diseases

Blights: Black chaff (bacterial streak); Head blight; Scab

Bunts/Smuts: Bunt; Stinking bunt; Dwarf bunt; Karnal bunt; Loose smut; Semi-loose smut; Black loose smut; False loose smut; Covered smut

Other: Black point; Kernel smudge; Sooty mould; Ergot

Leaf and Stem Diseases

Blights: Bacterial streak (black chaff); Bacterial Stripe

Mildew: Powdery mildew

Mosaics/Yellows Diseases: Barley stripe mosaic; Barley yellow dwarf; Barley yellow mosaic; Soilborne wheat mosaic; Wheat streak mosaic; Wheat yellow mosaic

Rusts: Brown rust; leaf rust; Crown rust; Stem rust; Yellow rust

Smuts: Flag smut

Spots/blotches: Halo spot; Net blotch; Scald; Leaf blotch; Septoria leaf blotch; Glume blotch; Spot blotch; Tan spot

Snow Moulds: Pink snow mould; Snow scald; Speckled snow mould

Stripes: Cephalosporium stripe; Leaf stripe

Stem base and root diseases

Fungi: Common root rot; Foot rot; Seedling blight (spot blotch); Eyespot; Strawbreaker foot rot; Fusarium foot rot; Dryland foot rot; Sharp eyespot; Take-all

Microscopic Appearance of pathogens


Appendix 1: Diagnostic features of cereal diseases

Appendix 2: Worldwide distribution of cereals and diseases

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General