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Leaf and Glume Blotch of Wheat


Parastagonospora nodorum

In a Nutshell

  • Water-soaked, small yellow lesions on leaves.
  • Later tan-brown oval leaf blotches with yellow margins.
  • Dark lesions on glumes.
  • Seedlings grow with brown shoot tips.
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Water-soaked and small chlorotic lesions appear on the lower leaves of the plant. The disease emerges from the lower leaves up to the flag leaf. Later, the lesions become tan-brown, oval- or irregular-shaped leaf blotches with yellow margins. As the disease progresses, tiny brown fruiting bodies in the enlarged gray lesions can be seen using a magnifier or a microscope. Badly affected leaves die back from the tip as the blotches converge. After flowering, wet weather can lead to lesion development on the glumes. Symptoms often start at the tip, but whole areas may be covered with dark brown to dark purple lesions with ash gray areas ( “glume blotch”). Severe infections may result in lightweight, shriveled kernels. Infected seeds show irregular emergence and seedlings have brown shoot tips.

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This foliar disease is caused by the fungus Parastagonospora nodorum, which survives on wheat straw, infested seeds or on alternative host crops. The fungus is dispersed through water and requires about 12 to 18 hours of leaf wetness for infection. Older leaves near the soil are the first affected. Then, the fungus is dispersed via wind or rain-splashes to the upper parts of the plant and to neighboring crops. Late season infections could lead to glume blotch if the disease is moving up the canopy. It causes shriveled grains and reduces yield. Spores are spread by wind and can cover long distances to infect the seedlings in other fields later in the season. This leads to earlier infection of the following crops and to irregular emergence. The life cycle of the fungus is stopped at temperatures below 7°C. Optimal growth range is between 20°C and 27°C.

Organic Control

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Chemical Control

Chemical treatment of the disease may be effective to reduce the risk of an outbreak but may be inviable in smaller farms. If fungicides are needed, products containing difenoconazol, triadimenol or fluquinconazol can be applied. The application method varies depending on time of occurrence and cultivation type.

Preventive Measures

  • Use seeds from healthy plant material or from certified pathogen-free sources.
  • Use tolerant or long straw varieties available in your area.
  • Use late maturing wheat varieties or plant later in the season.
  • Use an optimal sowing density at planting.
  • Use growth regulators at moderate levels and a balanced fertilization.
  • Ensure soil potassium levels are adequate for healthy plants.
  • Check your plants or fields for any sign of disease after emergence.
  • Ensure a moderate application of herbicides.
  • Perform crop rotation with non-host crops.
  • Plow deep to bury plant residues under the surface.
  • Remove straw and other plant debris from field.
  • Remove volunteer plants.

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