Stripe Rust - Puccinia striiformis

Alternative names
Wheat Yellow Rust

Puccinia striiformis is a yellow rust fungus that affects wheat and other grasses. It can cause severe yield loss when it attacks wheat crops.

Identification difficulty
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Usually associated with wheat crops although it does affect other grasses.

When to see it

When wheat crops are in the fields, July and August.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, particularly in England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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