African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Short Communication

Reaction of some of Afghanistan’s wheat varieties to yellow rust under natural conditions

Zamarai Ahmadzada1, M. Qasem Obaidi1, Abdul Ghias Ghanizada1, Mohammad Mashook1, M. Hashim Azmatyar1, Ahmad Jan1, Abdul Qayum2, Elias Mohmand2 and Rajiv Sharma2*
1Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA), Kabul, Afghanistan. 2International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan.
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  •  Accepted: 08 April 2013
  •  Published: 18 April 2013


Afghanistan grows wheat at about 2.5 million ha, about 45% of which is irrigated. The country is not wheat sufficient and has been importing to meet domestic needs. Yellow rust is the most important disease of wheat in Afghanistan. Country has been able to manage wheat rusts mainly by having a survey surveillance system in place and by releasing resistant varieties. A total of 30 wheat varieties released during last two decades were screened for rust resistance under natural epiphytotic conditions. The rust reaction observed on two dates at one week interval revealed very fast increase in yellow rust infection. A large number of varieties e.g., Gul-96, Pamir-94, Ghori-96, HD2285 etc., were found to have very high yellow rust scores warranting their removal from seed chain.


Key words: Wheat, yellow rust, seed.