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Wheat stripe rust

Wheat stripe rust

Wheat stripe rust is one of several diseases that affect only wheat. It is caused by a fungus and is a problem in cool climates. Stripe rust appears as yellow powdery pustules in stripes parallel to the veins in the leaf. Outside the wheat-growing season, wheat stripe rust survives on plants such as barley grass and later blows onto growing wheat crops, infecting the young seedlings. Control measures include sowing resistant varieties and using fungicides.

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Sue Zydenbos, 'Arable farming - Diseases and pests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Sue Zydenbos, published 24 Nov 2008