Leaf rust (barley)

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Leaf rust of barley
Common names Brown rust
Causal agents Puccinia hordei
Hosts barley

Leaf rust is a fungal disease of barley caused by Puccinia hordei. It is also known as brown rust and it is the most important rust disease on barley.[1]


Pustules of leaf rust are small and circular, producing a mass of orange-brown powdery spores. They appear on the leaf sheaths and predominantly on the upper leaf surfaces. Heavily infected leaves die prematurely.

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Leaf rust of barley is considered a relatively minor disease in the United States. However, sporadic outbreaks have occurred in the southeastern and Midwestern regions of the country.

Pathotypes and host resistance[edit]

Most of the barley cultivars grown in the United States are susceptible to Puccinia hordei. Nineteen seedling resistance genes (i.e. Rph1 to Rph19) have been identified, but only three (Rph3, 7 and 9) have been deployed in commercial cutlivars worldwide.[2] In the United States, the Rph7 gene effectively controlled the disease for over twenty years. However, in 1993, pathotypes with virulence to the Rph7 resistance gene were identified in Virginia, California, and Pennsylvania.[3] Recently, the first simply inherited gene conferring adult plant resistance to leaf rust in barley was designated Rph20.[4] Rph20 originated from the two-rowed barley landrace H. laevigatum (i.e., Hordeum vulgare subsp. vulgare); parent of the Dutch cultivar 'Vada' (released in the 1950s).[5] To date there have been no reports of an Rph20-virulent pathotype.[5]

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  1. ^ Mathre, D.E. (1997). Compendium of barley diseases. American Phytopathological Society. pp. 120 pp. 
  2. ^ Brooks, W.S.; C.A. Griffey; B.J. Steffenson; H.E. Vivar (2000). "Genes governing resistance to Puccinia hordei in thirteen spring barley accessions" (PDF). Phytopathology. 90 (10): 1131–6. doi:10.1094/PHYTO.2000.90.10.1131. PMID 18944477. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-08-22. 
  3. ^ Steffensen, Brian J.; Y. Jin; C.A. Griffey (1993). "Pathotypes of Puccinia hordei with virulence for the barley leaf rust resistance gene Rph7 in the United States" (PDF). Plant Dis. 77: 867–869. doi:10.1094/pd-77-0867. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. 
  4. ^ Hickey, L.T.; W. Lawson; G.J. Platz; M. Dieters; V.N. Arief; S. Germán; S. Fletcher; R.F. Park; D. Singh; S. Pereyra; J. Franckowiak (2011). "Mapping Rph20: a gene conferring adult plant resistance to Puccinia hordei in barley". Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 123: 55–68. doi:10.1007/s00122-011-1566-z. 
  5. ^ a b Hickey, L.T.; W. Lawson; G.J. Platz; M. Dieters; J. Franckowiak (2012). "Origin of leaf rust adult plant resistance gene Rph20 in barley". Genome. 55: 396–399. doi:10.1139/G2012-022.