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Heightened risk of barley leaf rust

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"Action needs to be taken promptly against barley leaf rust because, once established, it is very difficult to control," Dr Jayasena said... Dr Jayasena said the new barley leaf rust pathotype (5457 P-) was identified in WA in 2013 in WA's southern cropping districts, and had resulted in reduced resistance to leaf rust in several varieties known to carry the Rph3 resistance gene in WA... Dr Jayasena said that in addition to barley leaf rust, other barley diseases growers should look out for this year included net blotch, scald and powdery mildew...
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