The EWG on Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests aims to facilitate global coordination of efforts to develop management and gene stewardship deployment strategies.

Whereas coordination of research on the three rust pathogens will build on the framework of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, the facilitation of networks and interactions among key labs conducting research on host-selective toxin-producing nectrophic pathogens, Fusarium head blight, powdery mildew, wheat blast, pathogenic nematodes, virus diseases, and insect pests is needed to encourage the sharing of information and coordination of efforts. These activities are expected to lead to reductions in yield losses due to diseases and pests, and therefore contribute to the enhancement of global food security.

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Evans Lagudah (CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia) and Justin Faris (USDA-ARS, USA), and was endorsed by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at its 3rd meeting on March 21, 2014.

Call for Experts
The call for experts will remain open during the EWG lifetime. Any expert wishing to participate in the Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests Expert Working Group should complete the application form and return it via email to


  • 23 April 2017, Tulln, Austria

  • 4 November 2016, Minneapolis, USA

  • 23 September 2015, Sydney,  Australia

  • 12 January 2015, San Diego, USA, EWG Meeting with focus on necrotrophic pathogens