Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Wheat leaf and stem rust occurrence in 1999 resulted in a rust epidemic estimated to cause $20 million in lost production in 1999. Despite the awareness of rust-risk today, inflexibility in switching production to resistant varieties will again result in high rust disease levels for some areas in 2000. Rob Loughman, Jat Bhathal, Kith Jayasena and Robin Wilson report on the levels of resistance in various cereal varieties and the management options open to those growers who find rust in susceptible varieties this season.