The urediniologists at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory sent a greeting today, April 25th, wishing everyone Happy Robigalia!
You might wonder what Robigalia is. Instituted by Numa Pompilius (the second king of Rome), the Robigalia, an ancient agricultural festival celebrated in honor of Robigo (or Robigus, the gender was uncertain), the goddess of blight, red rust, or mildew, was celebrated on April 25, when the crops were most vulnerable to disease. The Robigalia was one of several agricultural festivals in April to celebrate and vitalize the growing season.
The greeting was sent to members of the Cereal Rust Survey listserv list, whose purpose is to provide a format for cereal researchers and extension personnel to share observations of cereal rusts and other cereal diseases. For more information on the “Cereal Rust Situation Reports” and “Cereal Rust Bulletins”, visit USDA-ARS website at http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/docs.htm?docid=9757
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRD Cereal Crops Specialist