A new disease threat to cereal production in Europe?

For the first time, scientists have detected the blast fungus in Germany. The pathogen was found on diseased wild grasses.  Scientists were able to infect wheat and barley with the blast fungus, suggesting the disease poses an emerging threat to cereal production in central Europe. Blast disease (Magnaporthe (Syn. Pyricularia) oryzae) is one of the most devastating plant pathogens in the world.  However, the disease was assumed to be limited in adaptation to more tropical, highly humid production regions.  The concern is the possibility of emergence of a new plant disease through adaptation or a jump from wild to domesticated species fueled by global warming. Read more from The Sainsbury Laboratory here.