Ramularia Leaf Spot

Initial symptoms of Ramularia leaf spot (RLS) are small brown spots. These then develop into larger, reddish-brown lesions, which can have a yellow margin. RLS lesions penetrate through the leaf. Symptoms can develop very rapidly when conditions are favourable.


Small, brown spots

Larger, reddish-brown lesions


Infected seeds

Barley stubble

Spring rainfall

High light intensity following flowering

Ramularia Leaf Spot Barley
Ramularia Leaf Spot Barley

RLS has a complex life cycle starting with infected seed. (None of the available seed treatments control RLS). The disease then grows unseen within the plant before it causes symptoms, usually after barley flowers.

If trash from a previous barley crop is present spores from this source can infect a crop during the season.

Spring rainfall and also periods of high light intensity following flowering favour RLS.

Yield losses of 20% have been recorded.