Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium pseudograminearum caused the 2010 head blight epidemics in Australia

Obanor, F. and Neate, S. and Simpfendorfer, S. and Sabburg, R. and Wilson, P. and Chakraborty, S. (2013) Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium pseudograminearum caused the 2010 head blight epidemics in Australia. Plant Pathology, 62 (1). pp. 79-91. ISSN 0032-0862


Wheat crops in southeast Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW) were infected with fusarium head blight (FHB)-like symptoms during the 2010-11 wheat growing season. Wheat crops in this region were surveyed at soft dough or early maturity stage to determine the distribution, severity, aetiology and toxigenicity of FHB. FHB was widespread on bread wheat and durum, and Fusarium graminearum and/or F. pseudograminearum were diagnosed from 42 of the 44 sites using species-specific PCR primers directly on spikelets or from monoconidial cultures obtained from spikelets. Stem base browning due to crown rot (CR) was also evident in some samples from both states. The overall FHB and CR severity was higher for NSW than Qld. Deoxynivalenol (DON) concentration of immature grains was more than 1mgkg-1 in samples from 11 Qld and 14 NSW sites, but only 13 of 498 mature grain samples sourced from the affected areas had more than 1mgkg-1 DON. DON concentration in straw also exceeded 1mgkg-1 in eight Qld and all but one NSW sites but this was not linked to DON concentration of immature grains. The proportion of spikelets with positive diagnosis for F. graminearum and/or F. pseudograminearum and weather-related factors influenced DON levels in immature grains. The average monthly rainfall for August-November during crop anthesis and maturation exceeded the long-term monthly average by 10-150%. Weather played a critical role in FHB epidemics for Qld sites but this was not apparent for the NSW sites, as weather was generally favourable at all sites.

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Additional Information: © 2012 BSPP. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 04:52
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: crown rot; Deoxynivalenol; scab; wheat; Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300207 Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310705 Mycology
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300409 Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820507 Wheat
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02615.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25288

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