International experts train scientists to fight deadly wheat disease in South Asia
DINAJPUR, BANGLADESH: Wheat blast, a devastating fungal disease that appeared in South Asia for the first time in 2016, was the focus of a surveillance workshop in Bangladesh where international experts trained 40 top wheat pathologists, breeders, and agronomists from Bangladesh, India and Nepal ...
Samantha Hautea · 23 Feb 2017
DGGW inaugurates new seed systems initiative in Nepal
“I have been farming for the last 50 years. I have seen production dwindling slowly and steadily, erratic climatic conditions, bad seeds and lack of finance as key issues which have led to the fall of prosperity for farmers,” said Haribhakta Dhakal from the Chitwan region of Nepal, one of 200 ...
Venkat Aditya · 22 Feb 2017
CIMMYT scientist cautions against new threats from wheat rust diseases
Scientists are concerned over the proliferation of highly virulent fungal wheat diseases, including two new races of yellow rust – one ...
Julie Mollins · 8 Feb 2017
Sounding the Alarm: more wheat rusts incoming
The first week of February saw notices and alarms sounding for new wheat rust races that are threatening vital wheat growing areas. This crucial information is is available due to the collaboration among many scientists and institutions from all over the world including surveillance workers, ...
John Bakum · 3 Feb 2017
NOW ONLINE! “The Art & Science of Rust Pathology & Applied Plant Breeding”
ITHACA, NY: The BGRI is ringing in the new year by unveiling a whole new set of wheat resources and tools on the globalrust.org website. “The Art and Science of Rust Pathology and Applied Plant Breeding” features videos and presentations by the world's foremost wheat breeders and pathologists. ...
Linda McCandless · 30 Jan 2017
Cornell receives UK support to aid scientists fighting threats to global wheat supply
Cornell University will receive $10.5M in UK aid investment from the British people to help an international consortium of plant breeders, pathologists and surveillance experts overcome diseases hindering global food security efforts.
The funds for the four-year Delivering Genetic Gain in ...
Linda McCandless · 25 Jan 2017
Pablo Olivera discusses wheat and Ethiopia
Dr. Pablo Olivera summed up one of the issues facing the world’s wheat yields; “It’s not just a Ug99 problem, it’s a rust problem.”
Olivera, a Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the ...
John Bakum · 21 Dec 2016
Coffman speaks on agrobiodiversity in India
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ronnie Coffman, vice-chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, was a keynote speaker at the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC) held in New Delhi, India, November 6-9, 2016. Over 850 delegates from more than 40 countries were in attendance. ...
Linda McCandless · 30 Nov 2016
Taking the Scientists to the Rust
Saha Bir Rai doesn't see stem rust in his fields in Bhutan. “We have wheat varieties but we don’t understand levels or types of rust,” said the senior plant protection officer in the Division of Pest Surveillance at Bhutan’s National Plant Protection Center.
In early October, the Kenya ...
Cally Arthur · 27 Oct 2016
WIT Focus: Caixia Lan
Caixia Lan, from China, and currently working at CIMMYT, was a WIT winner in 2011. Since then, she has been focusing on identifying adult plant resistance (APR) gene to leaf rust, stripe rust, and stem rust in bread and durum wheats, and breeding durable rust resistant wheat cultivars.
Tessa Schneider · 26 Oct 2016