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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
John Bakum · 13 May 2013
Cereal rust expert wins Siehl Prize in Agriculture
Yue Jin, adjunct associate professor in the department of plant pathology at the University of Minnesota, and an expert in biology and population genetics of cereal rust fungi at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory, is a 2013 recipient of the Siehl Prize in Agriculture. Yue Jin will receive the ...
John Bakum · 9 May 2013
Ug99-resistant variety to be released in Sudan
The sister of a widely grown variety in Ethiopia is ready for distribution to farmers in Sudan. The variety, known as Danphe will be released in Sudan as Zakia.
John Bakum · 4 Apr 2013
2012 Women in Triticum Mentor Winner: Francis Ogbonnaya
WIT Mentor award winner, Francis Ogbonnaya, will use prize money to fund education for women in Nigeria.
John Bakum · 31 Aug 2012
Global Wheat Rust Monitoring web site launched
Scientists battling the spread of new virulent wheat rust races now have a new tool at their disposal. CIMMYT and partners on the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project have just launched a new Global Wheat Rust Monitoring web site - RustTracker.org.
John Bakum · 27 Jul 2012