CAUTION: February 2, 2017: Risk of wheat stem rust in Mediterranean Basin in the forthcoming 2017 crop season following outbreaks on Sicily in 2016

Results of extensive lab tests of samples of stem rust have shown that the 2016 stem rust epidemics in Sicily were caused by a new, highly virulent variant of race TTTTF. The samples were collected during serious and unusual outbreaks … Continue reading

9 April 2015: CAUTION – Increased vigilance needed in eastern Mediterranean countries following confirmation of Ug99 (race TTKSK) in Egypt

Following the confirmed detection of Ug99 (race TTKSK) in Egypt in 2014 (BGRI special newsletter report April 2015) increased vigilance is needed for stem rust in the eastern Mediterranean. Although no confirmed reports of race TTKSK have been obtained from … Continue reading

20 March 2015: CAUTION – Increasing risk of stripe (yellow) rust outbreaks North Africa to South Asia

Favourable weather conditions for stripe rust are occurring across North Africa to South Asia. Cool, wet conditions across many parts of the region are producing a conducive environment for disease outbreaks. Aggressive races with virulence to Yr27 are known to … Continue reading

Alert – Jan 9, 2015: Summary of Ethiopia 2014/15 rust situation. Re-current, localized stem rust epidemics caused by race TKTTF (“Digalu” race) in Ethiopia. Extreme caution and vigilance needed in East Africa

Following the localized stem rust epidemics in Ethiopia on the cultivar “Digalu” in 2013/14 (see report 23rd Dec 2013); continued, severe stem rust outbreaks have been observed in the 2014/15 main season. Once again the popular cultivar “Digalu” has been … Continue reading

ALERT – Dec 23, 2013: LOCALIZED STEM RUST EPIDEMIC IN SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA. EXTREME CAUTION AND VIGILANCE NEEDED IN EAST AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST REGION

A severe, localised stem rust epidemic has broken out in southern Ethiopia during November-December 2013. The districts of Agarfa and Gasera in Bale zone are the most seriously affected, but some spread into other areas is now being reported. The … Continue reading

May 17, 2013: CAUTION – POTENTIALLY SERIOUS OUTBREAKS OF YELLOW (STRIPE) RUST IN CWANA REGION. VIGILANCE NEEDED IN EAST AFRICA

Conducive climatic conditions for rusts, especially yellow rust, are resulting in potentially serious outbreaks in the CWANA region. Cool and wet conditions have persisted in many countries from Turkey to Bhutan. Early yellow rust infections have been observed in several … Continue reading