Indian media sources are reporting the first appearance of stripe rust in Punjab. According to a report in the Hindustan Times (read report here), stripe rust was detected on Jan 9th in Kharod village, Nawanshahr district. Stripe rust is also reported to be present in Ropar district. These reports are in-line with reports from previous years, both in terms of location and timing of the first reports of stripe rust in India. As in previous years, Indian authorities are responding to these initial outbreaks in a rapid, effective and well organized way.