Wheat, Puccinia graminis, Disease resistance, Western Australia
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Comments on the 1963 epidemic and the current situation regarding rust races and resistant varieties in Western Australia.
THE 1963-64 harvest included 12 million bushels of undergrade wheat, representing 25 per cent, of the total harvest.
The average yield was reduced to only 11.3 bushels per acre. Although these adverse effects were due to a number of causes, the principal one was stem rust.
The economic loss due to this disease in the 1963-64 harvest probably exceeded £10 million.
Reeves, J T.
"The 1963-64 wheat stem rust epidemic,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol5/iss10/6