University of Hertfordshire

  • Bruce D.L. Fitt
  • Simon D. Atkins
  • B. A. Fraaije
  • John A. Lucas
  • A. C. Newton
  • M. E. Looseley
  • Peter Werner
  • D. Harrap
  • M. Ashworth
  • James Southgate
  • Huw Phillips
  • Andrew Gilchrist
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Publication series

NameHGCA Project Report


Rhynchosporium leaf blotch of barley, caused by the fungus Rhynchosporium secalis, is of increasing importance in world agriculture. It is the most serious disease of winter and spring barley in the UK, causing substantial losses nationally, despite expenditure of £50M per year on fungicides. The disease is difficult to control with fungicides and severe epidemics may appear suddenly. The sources of inoculum responsible for starting such epidemics are not well understood.


This is the final report of a 48 month project (RD-2004-3099) which started in March 2006. It was a Sustainable Arable LINK project funded by a contract for £392,077 from BBSRC with in-kind contributions from HGCA, Du Pont UK, Masstock Arable, KWS UK and Scottish Agronomy.

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