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DRRW-ICAR SAARC Training Program - Part 4 - Banaras Hindu University

SAARC participants traveled to Mumbai and took an early-morning flight to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh for their three-day survey on 1-3 March of wheat grown in the Indo-Gangetic Plain of India. At the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), DR. S.S. Vaish, assistant ...

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Linda McCandless · 7 Jun 2012


DRRW-ICAR SAARC Training Program - Part 3 - Niphad

SAARC participants visited the Agricultural Research Station at Niphad, near Nashik (Maharastra) on 28-29 Feb. Dr. P.N Rasal, wheat specialist and zonal coordinator of the station, guided the participants around the station and oriented them on the new improved wheat varieties released in India. ...

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Linda McCandless · 7 Jun 2012


DRRW-ICAR SAARC Training Program - Part 2 - Wellington

The SAARC Training Program officially began on 25 February 2012, when participants visited the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) Research Station at Wellington, in Tamil Nadu. Dr. Jagdish Kumar, principal scientist and head of the station, began the day's proceedings with a welcome ...

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Linda McCandless · 6 Jun 2012


DRRW-ICAR SAARC Training Program - Part 1 - Intro

Over the next two weeks, the BGRI will post a series of blogs related to the DRRW-ICAR Wheat Rust Surveillance and Monitoring training program that took place in India from 25 Feb -10 March 2012.

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Linda McCandless · 5 Jun 2012


Guest Author: Eduard Akhunov, investigating genomics of stem rust wheat interaction

USDA AFRI (USA), in close collaboration with the international BGRI team, funded a project on functional genomics of stem rust ­ wheat interaction. In this project lead by Kansas State University (E.Akhunov) in collaboration with UC Davis (J. Dubcovsky) researchers are investigating molecular ...

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John Bakum · 8 May 2012


Bill Gates: My 2012 Annual Letter

Bill Gates - "In this year’s letter, I focus on food and agriculture (though I also provide updates about all the global health and U.S. education work we do). When I was in high school, a popular book called The Population Bomb painted a nightmarish vision of mass starvation on a planet that has ...

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Linda McCandless · 24 Jan 2012


Guest author: Colin Wellings, the international Stripe Rust Race

Stripe rust epidemics are a recurring threat to wheat yield in the majority of wheat growing regions of the world, with potential to inflict regular regional crop losses ranging from 0.1 to 5%, with rare events giving losses of 5 to 25%. Regions with current vulnerability include North America ( ...

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John Bakum · 11 Jan 2012


Sustainable solutions to global problems, Q&A with Dr. Lesley Boyd

Stripe and stem rust are significant and destructive diseases in wheat, and currently pose the threat of a global epidemic. Dr. Lesley Boyd of the John Innes Centre is leading a vital project to identify and develop new molecular markers for resistance to both diseases.

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John Bakum · 6 Dec 2011


Communication between barley-plant and stem rust spore

In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS), Nirmala et al. 108:14676-14681, (2011) describe the isolation and preliminary characterization of two effector proteins that coordinately induce stem rust resistance gene protein product RPG1 to become ...

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John Bakum · 21 Oct 2011


Sequencing of Puccina striiformis f. sp. tritici genome

Scientists at the University of California Davis have sequenced and assembled part of the Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici genome, a milestone that promises to be a valuable resource for wheat rust research.

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John Bakum · 14 Sep 2011


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