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DAFM National Call 2013 13 S 503 Teagasc (UCD) €601,036

Project Title:

Controlling septoria tritici blotch through crop management

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Steven Kildea

Project Abstract

Septoria tritici blotch (STB) caused the fungal pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola continues to be the most economically destructive disease of winter wheat in Ireland. For almost three decades fungicides have been relied upon for its control and to prevent the associated yield losses. Unfortunately due to the erosion in efficacy of these fungicides through the emergence of resistance / reduced sensitivity in the Irish M. graminicola population, coupled with increased regulations on the usage fungicides with in the EU the future sustainability and profitability of Irish production systems is questioned. It is therefore now essential to re-address STB control strategies. To achieve this goal the proposed project, CoSTM (Controlling septoria tritici blotch through crop management) will identify individually how the major practices currently involved in the cultivation of winter wheat (variety choice, fungicide, sowing date, seeding rate, fertilisation) impact upon M. graminicola infection and subsequent STB development under Irish conditions. The applied nature of the project, together with its multi-disciplinary and institutional approach will ensure that the relevance of the research findings and their dissemination to farm level.

Final Report:

Not available yet.