A mechanistic weather-driven model for ascochyta rabiei infection and disease development in chickpea

Irene Salotti, Vittorio Rossi*

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Ascochyta blight caused by Ascochyta rabiei is an important disease of chickpea. By using systems analysis, we retrieved and analyzed the published information on A. rabiei to develop a mechanistic, weather-driven model for the prediction of Ascochyta blight epidemics. The ability of the model to predict primary infections was evaluated using published data obtained from trials conducted in Washington (USA) in 2004 and 2005, Israel in 1996 and 1998, and Spain from 1988 to 1992. The model showed good accuracy and specificity in predicting primary infections. The probability of correctly predicting infections was 0.838 and the probability that there was no infection when not predicted was 0.776. The model’s ability to predict disease progress during the growing season was also evaluated by using data collected in Australia from 1996 to 1998 and in Southern Italy in 2019; a high concordance correlation coefficient (CCC = 0.947) between predicted and observed data was obtained, with an average distance between real and fitted data of root mean square error (RMSE) = 0.103, indicating that the model was reliable, accurate, and robust in predicting seasonal dynamics of Ascochyta blight epidemics. The model could help growers schedule fungicide treatments to control Ascochyta blight on chickpea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Ascochyta rabiei
  • Disease modelling
  • Epidemiology
  • Model evaluation


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