Art and Science of Rust Pathology and Applied Plant Breeding

Learn “The Art and Science of Rust Pathology and Applied Plant Breeding” from world-renowned wheat pathologists and breeders in this comprehensive online course.

Designed for early- and mid-career wheat researchers, topics you can expect to master include: understanding plant diseases and their management, host-pathogen interactions, race typing, chemical interventions, practical exercises in infection type scoring and pathotype identification, field survey protocols, wheat disease monitoring and trap nursery management, practical insights into the science of wheat breeding, how to handle rust collections in lab and greenhouse, and more.


Gordon Cisar, senior project manager for the DRRW project, is a former hybrid wheat breeder with years of experience developing winter wheat varieties for the US, and triticale cultivars for the Central Plains of the USA. 


Dr. David Hodson, CIMMYT senior scientist, leads global surveillance and prediction-modeling efforts to monitor fungal rusts and curtail their spread.


Parkheadshot-sm.png Professor Robert Park, a leading rust pathologist, directs the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, and is an expert on how fungal rust pathogens evolve and acquire virulence for resistance genes in their hosts. Zakheadshot-sm.png Professor Zak Pretorius, respected pathologist with the University of the Free State in South African, was one of the first to characterize Ug99, working with William Wagoire in Uganda.