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Localized stem rust epidemic in Southern Ethiopia

A severe, localised stem rust epidemic has broken out in southern Ethiopia during November-December 2013. The districts of Agarfa and Gasera in Bale zone are the most seriously affected, but some spread into other areas is now being reported. The previously resistant and popular cultivar “Digelu” ...

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John Bakum · 23 Dec 2013


Barberry harvest in Iran

Many BGRI scientists have been on treks to find barberry bushes bordering wheat fields, high in the hills of Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, or even the Pacific Northwest. Barberry is a carrier of rust, but also a landscape plant. In some parts of the world, the berries are used as a spice. This ...

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Linda McCandless · 13 Dec 2013


Walk the Talk with Mark Lynas

While speaking at the 2013 BGRI Technical Workshop, Mark Lynas appeared on Walk the Talk with Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-chief, Indian Express and speaks about why suddenly he has turned pro-genetically modified crops

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John Bakum · 2 Dec 2013


Sequenced yellow rust data now available

Guest authors: Diane Saunders and Cristobal Uauy. We have been working with colleagues in India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Denmark and the UK to develop wheat yellow rust genomics through the re-sequencing of isolates from different continents. Our project also includes traditional field trials of a common ...

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John Bakum · 25 Nov 2013


Aussie team recognized for responsible gene stewardship

Recognizing superlative efforts to combat wheat rust diseases, the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) awarded the Gene Stewardship prize to researchers at three Australian institutions today during the 2013 BGRI Technical Workshop in New Delhi, India. The winning researchers are from the ...

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John Bakum · 21 Aug 2013


Keynote address from BGRI 2013 - Mark Lynas, Using the tools of biotechnology to advance Borlaug's legacy

"I particularly want to acknowledge Jeanie Borlaug, chair of BGRI and a champion of continuing her father’s legacy in food security… and her daughter and Dr Borlaug’s grand-daughter Julie Borlaug, who is not with us today but has been both an insipiration and a practical support to me in preparing ...

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John Bakum · 20 Aug 2013


Genetic Resistance to Ug99

Two companion papers in Science examine genetic resistance to Ug99 in Sr33 and Sr35. By cloning gene segments of an ancestral wheat species not often cultivated but closely related to bread and pasta wheat, and inserting the cloned material into modern wheat varieties, Cyrille Saintenac and ...

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John Bakum · 27 Jun 2013


Guest Author: Cristobal Uauy - Understanding the pathogen's side of the story

Wheat yellow rust, caused by the fungus Puccinia striiformis (PST), was recently dubbed one of "wheat's worst enemies" and continues to be a major threat to global food security. The appearance of new and more aggressive PST strains at the beginning of the 21st century and their rapid spread pose ...

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John Bakum · 24 Jun 2013


Defending breadbaskets of South Asia against rust

More than 20 wheat scientists from five South Asian countries gathered in Kathmandu from February 25 to March 6 to participate in comprehensive training on wheat rust monitoring and disease management.

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Linda McCandless · 24 May 2013


Right-Sizing Stem-Rust Research: Follow-up Questions and Answers

Phil Pardey and Jason Beddow, co-authors of a study, Right-Sizing Stem-Rust Research, recently featured in Science, contributed the following Q&A's for the BGRI blog, expanding on their paper's conclusions that maintaining funding of stem rust research is crucial.

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John Bakum · 13 May 2013


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