June 20, 2011: Syria rust survey summary – Only yellow rust recorded on survey

Wheat rust surveys were undertaken throughout the wheat growing regions of Syria during May 2011. A total of 66 sites were surveyed using standard BGRI survey methodology. These surveys coordinated by ICARDA followed the major yellow rust epidemics observed in 2010. Disease pressure was not as high as the previous year, but yellow rust totally dominated the surveys, being the only rust recorded.  Yellow rust was found on 46 of the fields surveyed. The disease was widely distributed, but highest levels of incidence and severity were recorded in the Northern areas adjacent to the Turkish border.

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