Fusarium Ear Blight - Effect On US Economy

Effect On US Economy

From an economic stand point, it is one of the major cereal diseases, being responsible for significant grain yield reduction in wheat and oats. From 1998-2000 the Midwestern United States suffered $2.7 billion in losses following a Fusarium head blight epidemic. .

Fusarium Head Blight emerged in the past decade as a widespread and powerful enemy of American agriculture. This disease, also known as ‘Scab’, inflicts yield and quality losses on farms in at least 18 states. Food industries throughout the U.S. incur losses from the cost of dealing with the toxin-contaminated grain that often accompanies scab infection. Combined losses to all steps in the food system are difficult to estimate, but the bill at the farm-gate alone is estimated to exceed 9.0 billion dollars since 1990.

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