Wheat Rust Early Warning

An early warning campaign will be carried out in the last week of February and the first week of March, 2020 - using the RustWatch crowdsource App


  • Target: To establish the status of wheat rusts (yellow rust, leaf rust and stem rust) in common wheat and durum wheat. It is important also to upload "no disease" as the objective of the campaign is to monitor the status of the wheat rusts and which cultivars are affected and which are not.
  • Where: In six case study regions, Navarra Spain, Sicily Italy, Switzerland, Cambridge region UK, Denmark and Brandenburg Germany
  • What we ask for: Cultivar name, wheat rust observed, yes or no and one or more photos
  • Who to contact re local organising: Contacts in the six case study regions
  • Where are the results:  Results and photos will be publicly available on the Wheat rust dashboard
  • Will samples be analysed: A group of experts will analyse data coming in, and via the regional coordinator isolates will be sampled in selected fields or trials and sent for genotype analysis in one of the RustWatch labs.

Until 20 February, all data uploaded is considered to be test data - you are allowed to practice. On this day we will reset the database ready for "real data". Results will be communicated to the European farming community as soon as possible. Our goal is to have genotype results ready before the end of March. These results will be a part of an early warning message on the RustWatch website and Twitter. The same alert will be issued via regional  Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems web sites in local language.   

It is important also to upload "no disease" as the objective of the campaign is to monitor status of the wheat rusts and which cultivars are affected or not. Based on the experiences from this early campaign and feedback from stakeholder groups, we will decide if another campaign will be accomplished later in the season.  

You can find the link to the App, where to find results, documentation and a user guide on this web page

RustWatch definition of wheat rust early warning

The graphics below show how RustWatch will develop an early warning system for wheat rust diseases in Europe.

First step is to develop an effective EU coordinated system for disease surveillance and pathogen monitoring. We did develop thee smartphone Apps to help in uploading results from surveillance and sampling of isolates for diagnostics, race phenotyping and genotyping.