Farm Management

2021 fungicide resistance webinar for WA

Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz, Centre for Crop Disease Management, Curtin University

Grain growers and advisers across the western region will be able to get the latest fungicide resistance news from regional experts.

A webinar delivered by the Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network (AFREN) will be streamed on Thursday, August 19 2021 from 11.30am AWST.

The event will focus on recent fungicide resistance developments and issues in the western growing region. Information will be presented by Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz from the Centre for Crop Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD) specialists Geoff Thomas, Dr Kithsiri Jayasena and Andrea Hills.

The presenters will provide updates on recent cases of fungicide resistance in barley net blotches, as well as resistance risks in wheat powdery mildew and practical strategies for limiting fungicide resistance development.

Dr Lopez-Ruiz stresses that fungicide resistance is an important issue throughout the grainbelt, not just areas in the southern high-rainfall zone.

“Recent cases at Cunderdin have shown fungicide resistance can emerge under intense cropping systems in lower rainfall zones, so all growers across the western region cannot afford to be complacent,” he says.

“We hope people will join the webinar and learn as much as they can about their regional risk factors.”

AFREN represents a significant investment in the problem by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), in partnership with CCDM and a national network of regional plant pathologists, disease management experts and extension specialists, including DPIRD in Western Australia.

The project aims to provide growers with information and practical advice about fungicide resistance in common fungal diseases of grain crops.

Growers and advisers can also access a range of AFREN resources on reducing fungicide resistance risk through Integrated Disease Management strategies and better fungicide usage planning.

These resources are available via the AFREN website at

To join the Western Region AFREN we register here:

Source: GRDC

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