Encyclopaedia of cereal diseases

This definitive guide to cereal diseases in the UK contains full colour photgraphs for identification plus information on hosts, symptoms and life cycles.

The encyclopaedia of cereal diseases has been around 10 years and has taken up residence in numerous tractor cabs, car boots and farm offices across the UK.

Originally put together with combined funds from AHDB and BASF, the essential easy-reference guide was rebranded in 2018 and 2020.

This encyclopaedia will help you understand the major and minor diseases of cereals, with a focus on the organisms that cause them.

The diseases are ordered alphabetically by their common names. The causal pathogens (scientific names) are indexed alphabetically near the end of the encyclopaedia, along with a glossary of technical terms.

Content is structured in a similar way for each disease. The common name features at the top of each page, followed by the pathogen(s) responsible. A blue box indicates the crop host(s) affected. Where fungal pathogens have both a teleomorph (sexual stage) and an anamorph (asexual stage), the teleomorph is listed first, followed by the anamorph in brackets.

Symptoms are illustrated and described, together with an outline of the pathogen's life cycle and an indication of the importance of the disease.

This encyclopaedia is not a guide to disease control, but it can help lay the foundations for integrated pest management (IPM).

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