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New resource to tackle threat of wheat stripe rust


Date: 30/06/2014


The new Regional Cereal Rust Research Center, based in Turkey, will offer strategic support to farmers and countries affected by the growing threat of wheat stripe rust and other rusts – providing race analyses of cereal rusts; tracking the movement of wheat rust pathogens; and screening wheat varieties for resistance and susceptibility. and serving countries across the region. The Regional Center, a partnership of the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), is currently evaluating some 16,000 types of wheat received from countries worldwide who have sent their plants to be evaluated for levels of resistance or susceptibility to rust.   

Editor’s note: Jemanesh K. Haile, at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia won the top prize in the Young Professionals in Science competition for her article Identification of QTL conferring resistance to Ethiopian stem rust in durum wheat.   

(ICARDA, 21/05/2014) 

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