Ug99 and Somatic Hybridization: An interview with Melania Figueroa
Ug99 was first characterized in Uganda in 1999, but the origin of this particularly devastating race of stem rust has always been a mystery. For 20 years, as it has spread to more than 13 countries, scientists have wondered: How did it happen? Was barberry involved? Was sexual reproduction involved ...
Linda McCandless · 28 Jan 2020
Ruth Wanyera: Stalking Wheat Rust in Kenya
Ruth Wanyera has spent more than 30 years working in plant protection in Kenya. She enjoys walking the crop, but the main motivation for the 67-year-old pathologist is people — not plants. Having grown up in a farming family in rural Kenya, weeding and harvesting, fetching water, and making sure ...
Linda McCandless · 22 Dec 2019
Work on Himalayan yellow rust population published in APS journal Phytopathology
A collaborative effort initiated by the South Asian Wheat Disease Consortium during the Borlaug Global Rust’s SAARC training in Nepal, in 2015, resulted in a close evaluation of the wheat yellow rust pathogen population structure in the Himalayan region by Sajid Ali’s group at the Institute of ...
Sajid Ali · 24 Nov 2019
Surveying Barberry and Stem Rust in Spain, 2019
Spain serves as a potential bridge for pathogen movement and wheat rust infection between Africa and Europe and an important country in which to conduct barberry and stem rust surveys. Additionally, endemic and unique species of barberry such as Berberis vulgaris subsp. seroi ...
Dolors Villegas · 22 Nov 2019
Surveying for Stem and Yellow Rust in Ethiopia - October 2019
On October 20 to 22, 2019, a crew of pathologists including Dave Hodson and Yoseph Alemayehu from CIMMYT, Maricelis Acevedo from Cornell University, Habtamu Tesfaye from EIAR and myself, Pablo Olivera Firpo, from the University of Minnesota, participated in a wheat stem and stripe rust survey ...
Pablo Olivera FIrpo · 15 Nov 2019
Keeping wheat diseases at bay: 11th annual training at KALRO
As part of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) at Cornell University, recently ...
Jerome Bossuet · 1 Nov 2019
Hale Tufan delivers message of self-reflection and gender equality at World Food Prize
In 2010, when Hale Ann Tufan was awarded a Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum award, she was a PhD student working with Lesley Boyd at the John Innes Centre in the U.K., studying blast diseases of wheat and non-host resistance. At the time, she said she wanted to use her knowledge, training and ...
Joseph Opoku Gakpo · 31 Oct 2019
Makida Mohammed Hedda: 1970 – 2019
Makida Mohammed, 49, was a strong, vibrant farmer who was quick to adopt new tools and technologies to improve her farm's production and the lives of her family and community. She passed away Aug. 13 in Mecca.
Bedada Girma and Tamam Milkesso Hamda · 26 Sep 2019
Researchers turn to barberry for clues to wheat disease
Like us, plants are awash with micro-organisms, some of which contribute to their overall well-being, some of which seem no more than neutral passengers, and some of which can cause disease. We refer to this last group as pathogens. Under natural conditions, plants are continually exposed to ...
By Iago Hale and Radhika Bartaula · 24 Sep 2019
Smarter deployment of disease-resistance genes critical for safeguarding world’s food supplies
To ensure durable disease resistance in wheat, scientists must embrace a globally integrated strategy, say experts at the All India Wheat and Barley meeting in August
Matt Hayes · 29 Aug 2019