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  • 1 Government Office of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Plant Protection and Soil Conservation Directorate Vízpart krt. 32 H-5000 Szolnok Hungary
  • 2 Hungarian Academy of Sciences Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research Herman Ottó u. 15 H-1022 Budapest Hungary
  • 3 Cereal Research Non-Profit Limited Company Alsó kikötő sor 9 H-6726 Szeged Hungary
  • 4 University of Szeged Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science & Informatics Közép fasor 52 H-6726 Szeged Hungary
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Net blotch and leaf stripe caused by Pyrenophora teres and P. graminea, respectively, are two major foliar diseases of barley. These two species are able to infect wheat, too. The species composition of these pathogens was examined, for the first time, in four different regions of Hungary in 2006–2010. Altogether 204 isolates were obtained from 99 winter barley, 55 spring barley and 50 wheat leaf samples collected in commercial fields and experimental stations, and species assignment was carried out using species-specific PCR reactions. Most isolates belonged to P. teres f. teres (68%), 26% to P. teres f. maculata and only 6% of the isolates were assigned to P. graminea. Interestingly, all but one of the P. graminea isolates came from the western part of Hungary, while both forms of P. teres occurred in each region. The distribution of mating type genes was also examined in 144 isolates. The overall ratio of MAT1 and MAT2 genes in P. graminea, P. teres f. maculata and P. teres f. teres was 5:3, and close to 2:1 and 1:1, respectively. Both MAT1 and MAT2 isolates of each fungal species/form were distributed in almost all regions over several years, indicating a high potential for sexual outcrossing within local populations of these pathogens. Our survey may be helpful to determine priorities in disease resistance breeding programs. Further studies are in progress to examine the population structure of the most abundant pathogen P. teres f. teres.

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