Ateeq ur Rehman, Syed A.H Naqvi, Ummad U.D. Umar, Rasheed Ahmad


Fungal diseases pose a potential threat to successful cereal production in wheat particularly in Pakistan. Loose smut caused by Ustilago tritici is an important disease of wheat. During the current research various lines of wheat were screened against the deadly disease, results showed no line was resistant against the disease in the wheat genetic resources, mostly varieties showed susceptible to highly susceptible response. All the environmental variables were found conducive for the development of the disease. The disease is a serious concern for wheat production and potential breeding programs are the need of time to cater the losses due to this disease. 


Screening, epidemic, resistance, management

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