wheat blast

Wheat blast is an important disease for warm and humid wheat production regions, caused by Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum.

The disease was first identified in the state of Paraná of Brazil in 1985, and it subsequently spread to other major wheat-producing areas of Brazil as well as several neighboring countries like Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. In recent years, wheat blast has been observed in Bangladesh and Zambia, threatening wheat production in Asia and Africa.

Field resistance source is mostly limited to 2NS carriers, which are being eroded by newly emerged MoT isolates, necessitating an urgent need for broadening the genetic basis of wheat blast resistance.

The changing climate (global warming and irregular rains) and the evolving tendency of the pathogen (increasing virulence, fungicide resistance and sexual recombination) can further aggravate disease incidence and severity.

CIMMYT is working on different strategies to mitigate the global threat of wheat blast, in collaboration with national agricultural research partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Publications

Protecting farmers from wheat blast, a lethal plant disease, could be made easier through enhanced monitoring and forecasting tools.

News

The developments will create capacity for national and international research and improve processes for disease screening in wheat.

Publications

Researchers evaluate the use of genomic selection in wheat breeding against deadly fungal disease.

Features

Researchers point out the future of the disease, the ways to manage it and prevent it from spreading — within and across continents.

News

Cross-regional collaboration brings wheat blast protection to farmers in Bangladesh and Brazil.

In the media

Source: World Grain (19 Mar 2021)

Genetic analyses show that a destructive wheat blast fungus that travelled from South America to South East Asia is now established in Zambia under rain-fed conditions.

Press releases

High-zinc and climate-resilient varieties poised to boost production for farmers and nutrition for consumers.

In the media

Source: SciDev.Net (3 Nov 2020)

Wheat blast is a serious threat to wheat production and can lead to yield losses of up to 100 percent.

In the media

Source: Rural 21 (9 Oct 2020)

Wheat blast poses a serious threat to rain-fed wheat production in Zambia and raises the alarm for surrounding regions and countries on the African continent with similar environmental conditions.

Nutrition, health and food security
News

Genomic-wide association study evaluated samples from Bolivia and Bangladesh for blast-resistant genes.

Nutrition, health and food security
Press releases

Researchers in Zambia confirm the arrival of this devastating fungal disease to the African continent.