Wheat disease management


Key tools and publications

Identify and manage diseases

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds/BASF Encyclopaedia of cereal diseases provides information on how to identify common and less frequently found diseases.

Access the information via the publication or the online interactive version.

Integrate disease control strategies

G63Disease control takes place from pre-sowing right through to harvest. There are a number of control options available, including disease-resistant varieties, seed treatments and fungicides.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds' Wheat disease management guide explains the different types of disease and the control options that can be used for each.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds carries out independent Fungicide Performance testing every year to see how the latest fungicide products perform against key wheat diseases.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds' Recommended Lists detail disease resistance and performance with or without fungicide.

Manage risk for specific diseases


Yellow rust can reduce wheat yields by 50% in untreated crops.

Typically, brown rust develops later in the summer than yellow rust.

Septoria tritici is the most damaging foliar wheat disease in the UK causing significant yield losses every year.

Eyespot is a common stem-base disease, especially in intensive cereal rotations.

Take-all is a serious soil-borne disease of cereals and it is estimated that half of UK wheat crops are affected, suffering average yield losses of 5-20%.

Yellow dwarf virus can be particularly damaging to young plants.

Fusarium can cause reductions in yield and quality as well as mycotoxins.

Ergot can reduce yields in crops and can cause serious health problems if ingested by humans or animals.


The UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS) monitors yellow rust, brown rust and mildew virulence. It looks at how varietal resistance is affected by changes in pathogen populations.