Wheat scientists battle rust diseases

July 15, 2010 at 7:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Dr Cary Fowler (right), Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust (and former ICARDA scientist), received the Vavilov Gold Medal during the International Wheat Congress

Two meetings in St Petersburg, Russia, brought together more than 600 scientists from 77 countries. The two-day Technical Workshop of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) focused on stripe (yellow) and stem (black) rust diseases, which are emerging as major threats to wheat crops worldwide. The 8th International Wheat Conference, with 350 oral and poster presentations, discussed a range of issues, including  wheat genetic resources, crop improvement, biotic and abiotic stresses, quality factors, and dissemination of new varieties.

ICARDA played a major role in both meetings. ICARDA scientists delivered a number of technical presentations, on breeding for heat tolerance, disease epidemiology, pathogen variability, the use of wild and primitive wheat species in breeding programs, and other subjects. Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, chairing one of the plenary sessions, presented an overview of rust research in the dry areas. He stressed that areas with the world’s highest per capita consumption of wheat (e.g. North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus) are also among the most vulnerable to new strains of rust fungi. For more details, visit the conference website at www.8iwc.org.

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  1. Dear Sir,
    I am working at Regional Wheat Rust Research Station , Mahabharata as Junior Wheat Pathologist.I would like to whether any international funds or collaboration is available for wheat rust research.


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