Integrated pest management (IPM) of cereal diseases

Our guidance covers major and minor diseases that affect wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale.

Our guide focuses on the most important diseases of wheat and barley and their reduction through integrated pest management (IPM). Our web pages also cover fungicide performance, programmes and resistance – as well as more information on seedbourne, soilborne, stem-base, foliar, ear and virus diseases of wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale.

Wheat and barley disease management guide

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Key diseases in UK cereals


Ergot symptoms (cereal disease) Ergot


Eyespot symptoms (cereal disease) Eyespot

Loose smut

Loose smut symptoms (cereal disease) Loose smut

Net blotch

Net blotch symptoms (cereal disease) Net blotch

Powdery mildew

Powdery mildew symptoms (cereal disease) Powdery mildew


Ramularia symptoms (cereal disease) Ramularia


Rhynchosporium symptoms (cereal disease) Rhynchosporium

Septoria tritici

Septoria tritici


Take-all symptoms (cereal disease) Take-all

Tan spot

Tan spot symptoms (cereal disease) Tan spot

Yellow rust

Yellow rust symptoms (cereal disease) Yellow rust

Other UK cereal diseases

Further cereal disease management resources