UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey

Monitoring changes in pathogen virulence

Managed by NIAB, and funded by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and Defra, the UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (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 on previously resistant cereal varieties.

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How to submit a leaf sample for testing

The success of UKCPVS depends on infected cereal leaf samples received from the field, if you would like to get involved, full sampling instructions are available from the UKCPVS website.

Stakeholder Event

Targeted at breeders, crop scientists and technical agronomists, the annual stakeholder event reports on recent seedling test results and adult plant nursery tests.

It features a number of related technical papers based on pathogen virulence experience from across the globe.

The next event will take place on 4 March 2020 at the Sophi Taylor building in Cambridge.

The last event took place on 6 March 2019 at PGRO in Peterborough

The first 50 years (1967-2017)

In 1967, the coordinated monitoring of cereal pathogen populations in the UK began. To celebrate this golden anniversary in 2017, NIAB’s Dr Sarah Holdgate – UKCPVS project manager – reflected on major population changes and the implications these changes had on the industry.

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