14th International Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference 2015

This conference was organised by Aarhus University on behalf of the European and Mediterranean Cereal Rust Foundation (EMCRF). The conference took take place 5-8 July 2015 at Hotel Marienlyst, close to Copenhagen and neighboring the famous Kronborg Castle in Helsingør. The castle is one of northern Europe's most important renaissance castles, known all over the world from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Registration and welcome reception took take place Sunday afternoon/evening and the conference ended Wednesday afternoon by visiting the research facilities at Aarhus University, Flakkebjerg,

The conference dealt with the sciences facilitating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for the control of cereal powdery mildews and rusts.

The overall topics

  • Global Landscapes of Cereal Rust and Powdery Mildew Fungi
  • Population Biology and Epidemiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology and Pathogen Genomics
  • Plant Breeding and Resistance Genetics
  • Multiple Disease Management


Aarhus University on behalf of the EMCRF

Keynote speakers

  • James KM Brown, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Zhensheng Kang, Northwest A&F University, China
  • Richard Oliver, Curtin University, Australia
  • Neil Paveley, ADAS UK Ltd, High Mowthorpe, UK
  • Diane Saunders, The Genome Analysis Center, Norwich, UK
  • Patrick Schweizer, IPK Gatersleben, Gemany
  • Sajid Ali, University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan

Further information

Conference secretariat:

  • Sonja Graugaard, sonja.graugaard@agro.au.dk (main contact)
  • Jens Grønbech Hansen, jensg.hansen@agro.au.dk (web master)


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The conference was overall supported by the Danish Strategic Research Council (Innovationsfonden) via the RUSTFIGHT project (grant no. 11-116241).
The Tony Pryor Memorial Prize was awarded by the board of the European and Mediterranean Cereal Rust Foundation.
The participation of five early-career scientists was kindly supported by BASF, Syngenta, Nordic Seed A/S and The Global Rust Reference Center, Aarhus University.


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Visit Research Center Flakkebjerg and the Global Rust Reference Center

After the conference we invite you to visit experimental fields and research facilities at Aarhus University, Flakkebjerg, including the Global Rust Reference Center (GRRC).

14.00 Arrival at Flakkebjerg

Welcome to Flakkebjerg and refreshment

After a visit to cereal variety trials demonstrating huge differences in susceptibility to cereal powdery mildew, rust and leaf blotch diseases, the following research activities will be demonstrated:

Demonstration of activities (group will split in subgroups using; approximately ½ hour per site).

Global Rust Reference Center. Race phenotyping and genetic studies using Berberis vulgaris as sexual host Julian Rodriguez Algaba, Mehran Patpour and Annemarie Fejer Justesen
Inoculated yellow rust field nurseries Chris Khadgi Sørensen, Tine Thach, and Mogens Støvring Hovmøller
Fungicides efficacy trials in cereals Lise Nistrup Jørgensen

Refreshment and summary.

16.30 Departure