UKCPVS Stakeholder Event 2024

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024

9:30am - 1:30pm

NIAB Park Farm and the Sophi Taylor Building, Villa Road, Impington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

CB24 9NZ

The UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS) has monitored cereal rusts and mildews in the UK for over 50 years, detecting and warning industry and growers of new races of disease emerging on resistant varieties. Targeted at breeders, crop scientists and technical agronomists, the stakeholder event reports on the latest UKCPVS results and features additional pathology papers.

We’ve moved the event to January to help promote project results before disease pressure builds in cereal crops.

Managed by NIAB and funded by AHDB and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), UKCPVS receives infected cereal leaf samples from agronomists, trials officers and researchers.

From these samples, pathogen isolates are selected and tested to check their virulence against wheat and barley varieties.

The testing can detect new races of cereal pathogens capable of causing disease in previously resistant cereal varieties.


  • 10:00am Chair’s welcome and introduction – John Lucas (Rothamsted Research)
  • 10:10am UKCPVS reports from the 2023 season – Charlotte Nellist, Amelia Hubbard (NIAB/UKCPVS)

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  • 12:05pm The Yellowhammer project – Lesley Boyd (NIAB)

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  • 12:30pm How agronomists use the UKCPVS – Todd Jex (Agrii)

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  • 1:10pm Monitoring Irish Zymoseptoria tritici population for virulence to septoria tritici blotch resistance – Steven Kildea (Teagasc)

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  • 1:30pm Closing remarks – John Lucas (Rothamsted Research)


Rusts in winter wheat: UKCPVS update and new AHDB watch lists



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