Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Management of Wheat and Barley Diseases
Editor: Devendra Pal Singh, PhD, MBA

Management of Wheat and Barley Diseases

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: October 2017
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771885461
E-Book ISBN: 9781315207537
Pages: 682pp w/ Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 44 color and 27 b/w illustrations

“Brings together a broad wealth of updated information, new knowledge, and improved disease identification and management technologies from many expert scientists who are actively engaged in managing a diverse range of wheat and barley diseases.”
—From the Foreword by Dr. Ravi P. Singh, Distinguished Scientist, Head-Wheat Improvement & Rust Research, Global Wheat Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Texcoco, México

“Up-to-date information and knowledge. This is a product of hard work by 43 expert contributors having experience and deep knowledge on wheat and barley diseases. The book divided into three parts and includes 24 chapters that are useful for extension and development workers, researchers, teachers, students, and even for policymakers. Part I: Disease Identification and Management Practices is of utmost importance for extension and service providers. Part II: Diseases in Diverse Agroecological Conditions and Part III: Pathogenic Variability and Its Management give broader aspects of some major diseases, including rusts and wheat blast, a new threat.”
—Hira Kaji Manandhar, Professor of Plant Pathology (adjunct), Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Rampur, Nepal; Former Senior Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Kathmandu, Nepal

This new volume, Management of Wheat and Barley Diseases, presents the latest literature on management technology of diseases that affect the production of wheat and are capable of reducing grain yields as well as grain quality. These diseases include rusts, smuts, other foliar diseases such as blight, spots, blotch, powdery mildew, bunts etc., as well as diseases such as Karnal bunt of wheat, which is of importance in international trade.

Both wheat and barley are two of the most important food and industrial crops in world. Wheat and barley cultivation has experienced changes in practices due to factors such as methods of conservation agriculture, cropping systems, wheat varieties, changes in weather patterns, and international trade, necessitating new and different approaches for the successful management of emerging diseases and new pathotypes of pathogens. This valuable volume explores a multitude of new approaches and techniques for the effective management of emerging wheat diseases.

Key features:

  • Presents topics on disease identification
  • Explores integrated disease management practices
  • Examines diseases in diverse agroecological conditions
  • Considers pathogenic variabilty and its management
  • Includes case studies of successful management of diseases in different countries
  • Covers a broad range of diseases that affect wheat, including leaf, stripe and stem rusts, powdery mildew, Karnal bunt, smuts, foliar blight, as well as new emerging diseases and pathotypes
  • Presents information on a new generation of fungicides, botanicals, and biocontrol agents
This book will be highly valuable to researchers, students, teachers, farmers, seed growers, traders, and other stakeholders dealing with wheat and barley. It also advances our knowledge in the field of plant pathology, plant breeding, and plant biotechnology, agronomy, and grain quality and pesticide industries. The book will serve as a reference on disease management technologies for the containment of losses in wheat and barley yields and will assist in maintaining wheat quality, reducing the cost of cultivation, increasing yield, and thus helping to ensure food security on a global level.


1. Strategic Disease Management in Wheat and Barley
Devendra Pal Singh
2. Management of Rust Diseases in Wheat and Barley: Next Generation Tools
Siddanna Savadi, Pramod Prasad, Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Om P. Gangwar, Hanif Khan, and Subodh Kumar
3. Holistic Management of Foliar Blight Disease of Wheat and Barley
A. K. Chowdhury, P. M. Bhattacharya, S. Bandyopadhyay, and T. Dhar
4. Overcoming Stripe Rust of Wheat: A Threat to Food Security
Om P. Gangwar, Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Subodh Kumar, Promod Prasad, Hanif Khan, and Sidanna Savadi
5. Powdery Mildew of Wheat and Its Management
Ashwani Kumar Basandrai and Daisy Basandrai
6. Management of Karnal Bunt and Loose Smut Diseases in Wheat
Ritu Bala, Jaspal Kaur and Indu Sharma
7. Flag Smut of Wheat and Its Management Practices
Devendra Pal Singh
8. Black Point of Wheat Caused by Bipolaris sorokiniana and Its Management
Mohammed Shamshul Q. Ansari, Anju Pandey, V. K. Mishra, A. K. Joshi, and R. Chand
9. Important Nematode Pests of Wheat and Barley and Their Management
S. S. Vaish
10. Disease Resistance Breeding in Wheat - Theory and Practices
Hanif Khan, Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Pramod Prasad, Om P. Gangwar, Siddanna Savadi, and Subodh Kumar
11. Host Resistance to Spot Blotch (Bipolaris sorokiniana) in Wheat and Barley
Devendra Pal Singh
12. Molecular Markers for Wheat Improvement: Tool for Precision Rust Resistance Breeding
Subodh Kumar, Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Om P. Gangwar, Pramod Prasad, Hanif Khan, and Siddana Savadi
13. Gene Pyramiding for Developing High Yielding Disease Resistant Wheat Varieties
M. Sivasamy, V. K.Vikas, P. Jayaprakash, Jagdish Kumar, M. S. Saharan and Indu Sharma
14. Breeding Strategies and Prospects of Wheat Improvement in North-Western Himalayas
Dharam Pal and Madhu Patial

15. Diseases of Wheat in Brazil and Their Management
S. P. Val-Morales
16. Status of Wheat Diseases and Their Management in Gujarat State of India
S. I. Patel, V. A. Solanki, B. M. Patel, and R. S. Yadav
17. Disease Spectrum on Barley in Rajasthan During 2006-2015 and Integrated Management Strategies
P. S. Shekhawat, S. P. Bishnoi, and R. P. Ghasolia
18. Resource Conservation Agriculture Practices, Rhizosphere and Diseases of Wheat Under Wheat: Rice Cropping System
Anju Rani and Devendra Pal Singh

19. Survey and Surveillance of Wheat Biotic Stresses: Indian Scenario
M. S. Saharan
20. Evolution of Wheat Rust Pathogens in Indian Sub Continent
Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Subodh Kumar, T. R. Sharma1, O. P. Gangwar, Pramod Prasad, Hanif Khan, and Siddana Savadi
21. Stem Rust Pathotype Ug 99: An Indian Context
Pramod Prasad, Subhash C. Bhardwaj, Hanif Khan, Om P. Gangwar, Siddanna Savadi, and Subodh Kumar
22. Barley Stem Rust Resistance Mechanisms: Diversity, Gene Structure, and Function Suggest A Recently Evolved Host-Pathogen Relationship
Robert S. Brueggeman and Shyam Solanki
23. Inverse Gene-For-Gene: Necrotrophic Specialist’s Modus Operandi in Barley and Wheat
Jonathan Richards, Gazala Ameen and Robert Brueggeman


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Devendra Pal Singh, PhD, MBA
Coordinator, Rice Research Station, Guyana Rice Development Board, Guyana; Principal Scientist and Principal Investigator, Crop Protection Programme, Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, India

Dr. Devendra Pal Singh is the Coordinator at Rice Research Station, Guyana Rice Development Board, Guyana, and was and a Senior and Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology) at the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, India. He was also a specialist in Zambia in a UNDP/FAO Project (United Nations Development Programme/Food and Agriculture Organization) and a visiting scientist at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Dr. Singh has published over 110 research papers and edited two books. He is fellow of the Indian Phytopathological Society, the Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, and the Indian Society of Plant Pathologists and sits on the editorial board and panel of reviewers of several international journals in plant pathology, including the journal of the American Phytopathological Society. Dr. Singh earned his PhD in Plant Pathology from the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India, and his MBA from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India.

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