Sunday 5 July


Registration and mounting of posters

19:00-21:00 Get together and light meal

Monday 6 July


Registration and mounting of posters




Welcome by James Brown, chair of EMCRF
Welcome by Mogens Hovmøller, head of GRRC and local host

Session 1

Global landscapes of cereal rust and powdery mildew fungi

Chairman: Jonathan Yuen




Keynote: Worldwide spread of wheat yellow rust from the centre of diversity in Himalayas / Sajid Ali, University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan / Aarhus University, Denmark


PgtSNP chip: A high-throughput SNP genotyping array / Les Szabo et al., University of Minnesota, USA


Genetic differentiation and migration in worldwide populations of the wheat leaf rust fungus, Puccinia triticina / James Kolmer et al., University of Minnesota, USA

10:15 Coffee

Population structure and diversity of P. striiformis in the past / Tine Thach, Aarhus University, Denmark


Structure and regional differences in U.S. Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici populations: divergence, migration, fungicide sensitivity, and virulence patterns / Christina Cowger et al., North Carolina State University, USA


The wheat rust toolbox: Management and visualization of global wheat rust data  / Jens G. Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark

11:30 Discussion and group photo
12:00 Lunch

Session 2

Population biology and epidemiology

Chairman: Claude Pope

13:00 Keynote: Research progress on the role of sexual hosts for wheat rust epidemiology in China / Zhensheng Kang, Northwest A&F University, China


Why are alternate host important for stem rust, but not for stripe rust in the US Pacific Northwest / Xianming Chen et al., USA

13:45 Epidemiology of cereal rusts in the presence of their alternate hosts / Anna Berlin, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Sweden

 First insights into segregation for aggressiveness among sexual progeny isolates of Puccinia striiformis / Chris Sørensen et al., Aarhus University, Denmark


Correlation among life-history traits in plant-pathogen interaction and consequences for epidemic spread: a case study in the wheat leaf rust pathosystem / Henriette Goyeau et al., INRA, France

14:30 Discussion
14:45 Coffee and poster session

Session 3

Cell and molecular biology and genomics

Chairman: Roger P. Wise

15:30 Keynote: Developing new tools for interrogating cereal invaders / Diane Saunders, The Genome Analysis Center, Norwich, UK
16:00 To sense or not-to-sense: Expression of Blumeria effector repertoires on barley loss-of-function mutant hosts / Roger P. Wise et al., USDA-ARS / Iowa State University, USA
16:15 Identification of barley powdery mildew avirulence effectors using association mapping / Xunli Lu et al., Max Plank Institute, Germany

Regulation of the hemoglobin/NO cycle i barley infected with powdery mildew or yellow (stripe) rust / Massimiliiano Carciofi, Aarhus University, Denmark


Membrane trafficking in plant cells attacked by powdery mildew fungi / Hans Thordal-Christensen et al., University of Copenhagen, Denmark

18:00 Dinner
19:00 Walking along the beach to Kronborg Castle
19:30-21:00 Visit to Kronborg Castle

Tuesday 7 July

Session 3


Cell and molecular biology and genomics

 Chairman: Hans Thordal-Christensen


Keynote: Fighting on many fronts – effector-assisted breeding for multiple pathogens / Richard Oliver, Curtin University, Australia


PsANT, the adenine nucleotide translocase of Puccinia striiformis, promotes cell death and fungal growth / Chunlei Tang,N orthwest A&F University, China


Yellow rust fungus effector candidate PEC6 targets adenosine kinase to suppress PAMT triggerede immunity / Changhai Liu et al., University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Awakening of ETI: Stripe rust effector candidates reveal HR on wheat via a bacterial type III secretion system / Ahmet Caglar Ozketen et al., Middle East Technical University, Turkey


An integrated approach to understanding adult plant resistance: histology and molecular features of stem rust on wheat / Howard D. Castelyn, University of the Free State, South Africa



10:15 Coffee and poster session

Session 4

Plant breeding and resistance genetics

Chairman: Rients Niks


Keynote: Second-generation biotech approaches for durable disease resistance in cereals / Patrick Schweizer, IPK Gatersleben, Gemany

11:30 Cloning stem rust resistance from common wheat progenitors / Tony Proyer Winner, Sambasivam Periyannan et al., CSIRO, Australia
11:45 Fine mapping of a QTL for nonhost resistance to Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici in barley / Cynara Romero et al., WUR, The Netherlands



Breeding for the future: Generation of wheat plants resistant to powdery mildew by tilling / Johanna Acevedo-Garcia et al., Aachen University, Germany


Durable but complex: stem rust resistance from emmer wheat / Wolfgang Spielmeyer, CSIRO Agriculture GPO, Australia


The distribution and sequence conservation of stripe rust resistance gene Yr36 in wild emmer wheat natural populations / Lin Huang et al., University of Haifa, Israel


Genetic analysis of Lr13 and Ne3 / Colin W. Hiebert, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada


Identification and location of genomic regions controlling adult plant resistance to barley leaf rust / Davinder Singh, The University of Sydney, Australia


A meta analysis of partial resistance loci to powdery mildew in wheat / Morten Lillemo & Qiongxian Lu, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


Nordic public-private-partnership in pre-breeding for disease resistance in barley / Ahmed Jahoor, Nordic Seed A/S, Denmark




Coffee and poster session

Session 5

Multiple disease management

Chairman: Lisa Munk


Keynote: Integrated management of biotrophs and necrotrophs / Neil Paveley, ADAS UK Ltd, High Mowthorpe, UK

16:15 Resistance in winter wheat to stripe rust and virulence of the patogen in eastern United States from 1990 to 2014 / Eugene A. Milus et al., University of Arkansas, USA
16:30 Minimizing stripe rust of wheat, Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, by an integrated pest management strategy / Nicole Sommerfeldt et al., JKI, Germany

Heavy attacks of yellow rust in southern Sweden for the last seven years / Gunilla Berg & Louise Alden, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Sweden


Evaluation of Nepalese wheat germplasm for rust and powdery mildew resistance / Resham B. Amgai, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Nepal


Challenges, progress and perspectives for the implementation of integrated management of wheat stripe rust caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici in China / Wanquan Chen et al., State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, China


Dinner, music and dance

Wednesday 8 July

Session 5


Multiple disease management

Chairman: Robert Park

08:30 Keynote: How can we achieve resistance to biotrophic and necrotrophic diseases simultaneously? / James K.M. Brown, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Effect of Sequential or Co-inoculation of Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici and Parastagonospora nodorum on disease development on Wheat / Belachew Asalf Tadesse, Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Ås, Norway


The progressive failure of VPM resistance to all three wheat rusts on the Australian continent / William S. Cuddy et al., Plant Breeding Institute, University of Sydney, Australia


Injury profile simulator (IPSIM), a modelling platform to design qualitative models predicting injury profiles as a function of cropping practices and production situations. Application to the wheat brown rust / Marie Hélène Robin et al., University of Toulouse, France



10:00 Coffee
10:30 EMCRF Plenum meeting and closing
11:30 Bus leaves for Flakkebjerg. Sandwiches will be handed out before trip

Visit to Flakkebjerg and Global Rust Reference Center

14:00 Arrival at Flakkebjerg and welcome by Head of department Erik Steen Kristensen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University


Field trials

Green house and laboratory activities



Departure to Copenhagen Central Station.


18:00 Arrival Copenhagen Central Station