Survey of wheat stem rust Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici in Jordan
Studies on whet stem rust (WSR) in Jordan are considered to be old. There was only one study conducted in the late 1980's by Abu-Blan and Duwayri (1989) to evaluate the infection of wheat cultivars with black stem rust disease (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici). Recently, reports of stem rust were published in Israel and Lebanon in 2010 and first report of Ug99 was reported in Egypt in 2014. The objectives of our research are to: (i) survey wheat growing areas for WSR in Jordan during the years 2017-2020, (ii) identification of WSR races isolated from Jordan morphologically and molecularly, (iii) analyze rust populations in terms of their response to known differential sets, pathotype distribution and diversity, (iv) screening the response of Jordanian wheat germplasm to the identified WSR strains, and (vi) study the population diversity of WSR races using RT-PCR and SNP genotyping. In 2017 a total of 270 fields of wheat and barley in the wheat and barley growing areas in Jordan were surveyed from March-May. The survey covered northern, middle, and southern parts of Jordan (arid and semi-arid regions). Altitude, longitude, and latitude data was recorded. Only few WSR pustules (n=4) were collected because the environmental conditions were not suitable for the disease to develop. On the other hand, wheat stripe rust was very common in the wheat growing areas mainly at the southern parts of the country. Other fungal plant pathogens were also reported including smuts, spots, blotches, powdery mildew, crown rot, fusarium head blight, and flag smut.