The effect of elevated temperature on Barley yellow dwarf virus-PAV in wheat Academic Article uri icon


  • Barley yellow dwarf virus-PAV (BYDV-PAV) is associated with yellow dwarf disease, one of the most economically important diseases of cereals worldwide. In this study, the impact of current and future predicted temperatures for the Wimmera wheat growing district in Victoria, Australia on the titre of BYDV-PAV in wheat was investigated. Ten-day old wheat (Triticum aestivum, cv. Yitpi) seedlings were inoculated with BYDV-PAV and grown at ambient (5.0-16.1°C, night-day) or elevated (10.0-21.1°C, night-day) temperature treatments, simulating the current Wimmera average and future daily temperature cycles, respectively, during the wheat-growing season. Whole above-ground plant samples were collected from each temperature treatment at 0 (day of inoculation), 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 24 days after inoculation and the titre of BYDV-PAV was measured in each sample using a specific one-step multiplex normalised reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) assay. Physical measurements, including plant height, dry weight and tiller number, were also taken at each sampling point. The titre of BYDV-PAV was significantly greater in plants grown in the elevated temperature treatment than in plants grown in the ambient treatment on days 6, 9 and 12. Plants grown at elevated temperature were significantly bigger and symptoms associated with BYDV-PAV were visible earlier than in plants grown at ambient temperature. These results may have important implications for the epidemiology of yellow dwarf disease under future climates in Australia.


  • Nancarrow, Narelle
  • Constable, Fiona E
  • Finlay, Kyla J
  • Freeman, Angela J
  • Rodoni, Brendan C
  • Trebicki, Piotr
  • Vassiliadis, Simone
  • Yen, Alan L
  • Luck, Jo E

publication date

  • June 2014