“Detection and characterization of fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum) causing wheat blast disease oriticum aestivum L.) in Zambia”

Publication Date
Sun, 27 Sep 2020, 14:40
Last Updated
Sept. 27, 2020, 4:47 p.m.
Report Number
ZMB-04/3
Country
Zambia
Pest Id
Magnaporthe oryzae - (PYRIOR)
Report Status
Preliminary
Hosts
Range of hosts include wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), barley (Hordeum vulgare), signal grass (Urocloa brizantha) and oats (Arena sativa)
Pest Status
  • Present: seasonally
Geographical Distribution
Zambia, Muchinga Province. Pest detected in experimental fields at Malashi and five farmer fields at Mufubushi in Mpika district
Summary

Wheat blast symptoms were observed for the first time on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grown in experimental plots and five farmers’ fields in Mpika District of Muchinga Province during the 2017–18 rainy season. In Zambia, wheat is grown under two agro-climatic systems, rain-fed and irrigated systems. The rain-fed system (usually adopted by small-holder farmers) is characterized by wet, humid and warm conditions while the irrigated system is characterized by cool and dry conditions.

Danger
Will affect efforts to promote rain-fed growing of wheat among small scale farmers in Zambia The pest has been listed as a quarantine pest and measures have been put in place
Contact for info
Msiska KK on [email protected] Batiseba Tembo on [email protected] Siazemo M on [email protected]
Website
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238724
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