A valuable tool

By Country News

An international guide to addressing the challenge of diseases in wheat and barley has been launched, with John Curtin University’s Professor Richard Oliver editing the go-to reference for the agricultural industry.

Professor Oliver, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, teamed up with more than 30 international experts to pull together the 368-page Integrated disease management of wheat and barley, which looks at the latest research into fungal diseases of cereals and the challenges of providing integrated disease-management strategies to combat them.

Two of the 16 chapters feature input from the CCDM’s cereal disease theme leader Dr Caroline Moffat and project leader Dr Simon Ellwood.

Prof Oliver said with about 20 per cent of global crop production lost to diseases, the research reference guide from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing would be a valuable tool for cereal scientists across the world.

‘‘After many months of hard work, we now have an up-to-date, comprehensive reference that offers anyone involved in researching and managing wheat and barley the very latest research information,’’ Prof Oliver said.

‘‘This book not only tells us what we need to know on the research side, but also offers practical advice, tools and management strategies to help us tackle disease and fungicide resistance in two of the world’s most important crops.’’

Prof Oliver not only edited the book, but also contributed to one of its chapters, looking at the occurrence and avoidance of fungicide resistance in cereal diseases.

■The Integrated disease management of wheat and barley is available for purchase in its entirety or as chapters at: