The purpose of this page is to provide some useful information for our cooperators. If there is any additional information you would like to see here, please let us know. As always, we thank all our cooperators!
Topics covered on this page (click to visit the section of interest):
Other items on the CDL website that may be of interest:
Cereal Rust Survey Listserv List
The Cereal-Rust-Survey listserv list - this list is for the exchange of timely observations from cooperators and CDL staff on the current cereal rust situation throughout the U.S. Additionally, members will receive messages with links to each Cereal Rust Bulletin as they become available.
We would encourage anyone who has information on the cereal rust situation in the U.S. or an interest in this type of information, to subscribe to the Listserv list for the latest information available.
For the latest reports on the current cereal rust situation in the U.S., please visit our Cereal Rust Situation Reports page.
Cereal Rust Bulletins
The Cereal Disease Lab (CDL) publishes the Cereal Rust Bulletins biweekly from April through early August.
Germplasm evaluations performed by the CDL staff are available on this site. For agronomic and disease observations visit the Hard Winter Wheat Regional Nursery Program (NRPN, RGON, SRPN, and WPRPN) website
Guides for Identifying Rust Diseases of Wheat and Barley and Identification and managment of stem rust
Rust identification guide developed by by the multi-state extension and research committees for small grain diseases, NCERA-184 & WERA-97. (en español, en français)
Guide for identification and management of stem rust on wheat and barley developed by by the multi-state extension and research committees for small grain diseases, NCERA-184 & WERA-97.
Rust Sampling and Reporting
Please review the rust sampling and reporting guide recommendations for making cereal rust collections and reporting observations. Use the following table to determine where to send your cereal rust samples for race identification.
Stem rusts (including aecia on barberry)
Wheat leaf rust
Oat crown rust (including aecia on buckthorn)
Barley leaf rust
USDA-ARS, Cereal Disease Laboratory
University of Minnesota
1551 Lindig Street
St. Paul, MN 55108
Stripe rust (barley and wheat)
Dr. Xianming Chen
361 Johnson Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6430
Rust Collection Forms
We encourage cooperators to include our newly created rust collection form (standard pdf or fillable pdf) with each rust sample sent to the Cereal Disease Laboratory. We will no longer provide the card stock type collection forms used in the past. If you have any difficulties downloading the form please email Mark Hughes (Mark.Hughes@ars.usda.gov).
Please review the rust sampling and reporting guide prior to sending samples. As always your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Rust race analysis training videos
Matt Rouse describes how-to collect rust, isolate a single pustule of rust, increase rust, properly store spores, inoculate differentials, phenotype reactions, and race nomenclature as practiced by the Cereal Disease Laboratory in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Cooperators often ask us where we obtain some of our more unusual supplies. This supplies list may be of help.