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Wheat Disease Management and Surveillance
Submission DeadlineFeb. 20, 2020

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Lead Guest Editor
Yitagesu Tadesse
Department of Plant Pathology, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Guest Editors
  • Ashenafi Gemechu
    Department of Plant Pathology, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/Debrezeit Agricultural Research Center, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
  • Yonatan Gedamu
    Department of Plant Breeding, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/Holeta Agricultural Research Center, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
  • Berhanu Mengistu
    Department of Plant Breeding, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/Holeta Agricultural Research Center, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
  • Misgana Mitiku
    Department of Plant Pathology, SARI/Areka Agricultural Research Center, Hawassa, Ethiopia
  • Tsegaab Tesfaye
    Department of Plant Pathology, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/Ambo Agricultural Research Center, Ambo, Ethiopia
  • Tamirat Negash
    Department of Plant Pathology, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/Kulumsa Agricultural Research Center, Kulumsa, Ethiopia
Introduction
Wheat (Triticum spp.) is considered among the most commonly cultivated cereal crops with over 755 million metric tons harvested each year. Despite its importance as food and industrial crop, wheat production and productivity around the globe is hampered by a number of factors including biotic and abiotic stresses as well as low adoption of new agricultural technologies. Of the biotic stresses, diseases caused by fungi are the most important factors constraining wheat production. Yellow rust (Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici), stem rust (P. graminis f.sp. tritici), leaf rust (P. triticina) and Septoria diseases especially Septoria tritici blotch (STB) are prevalent throughout the country. Range of disease management options are recommended to control STB in wheat fields. In Ethiopia, wheat is grown in different agro-ecological zones. The areas vary in-terms of weather conditions, wheat varieties grown and crop management practices. The crop contributed a great deal to the country as source of food and income but it is continuously ravaged by diseases and other biotic constraints. However, effective and sustainable management of the disease is yet to be achieved under Ethiopian condition. As a result there is a need to assess the incidence and severity of diseases in different regions and across agro-ecological zones to have a complete understanding of the importance of the disease in the country. Furthermore, various disease management practices should be tested and recommended in areas, where the disease is prevalent and economically important. Thus, this study was designed to contribute towards improved wheat production in the central highlands of Ethiopia through effective and sustainable management of wheat foliar diseases.
Aims and Scope:
  1. Wheat
  2. Stem Rust
  3. Yellow Rust
  4. Septoria tritici blotch
  5. Fusarium Head Blight
  6. Disease Management
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