May 30, 2011: Bangladesh rust survey summary – Leaf rust widespread, especially in the North-west

Photo Credit: R.F. Park

Extensive wheat rust surveys were coordinated by the BARI Wheat Research Center, Dinajpur and undertaken in collaboration several Regional Agricultural Research Stations (Jessore, Jamalpur, Ishurdi, Rajshahi). The surveys were undertaken in Feb-March 2011 and covered all the main wheat growing areas in Bangladesh. A total of 156 sites were surveyed using standard BGRI survey methodology. leaf rust was the only rust disease recorded on the survey, being present at 56 of the sites surveyed. Highest incidence and severity of leaf rust was observed in the North-west region of Bangladesh, although another hot-spot was also present around Ishurdi in west-central Bangladesh.

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