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Sounding the Alarm: more wheat rusts incoming

The first week of February saw notices and alarms sounding for new wheat rust races that are threatening vital wheat growing areas. This crucial information is is available due to the collaboration among many scientists and institutions from all over the world including surveillance workers, ...

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John Bakum · 3 Feb 2017


NOW ONLINE! “The Art & Science of Rust Pathology & Applied Plant Breeding”

ITHACA, NY: The BGRI is ringing in the new year by unveiling a whole new set of wheat resources and tools on the globalrust.org website. “The Art and Science of Rust Pathology and Applied Plant Breeding” features videos and presentations by the world's foremost wheat breeders and pathologists. ...

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Linda McCandless · 30 Jan 2017


Cornell receives UK support to aid scientists fighting threats to global wheat supply

Cornell University will receive $10.5M in UK aid investment from the British people to help an international consortium of plant breeders, pathologists and surveillance experts overcome diseases hindering global food security efforts.

The funds for the four-year Delivering Genetic Gain in ...

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Linda McCandless · 25 Jan 2017


Pablo Olivera discusses wheat and Ethiopia

Dr. Pablo Olivera summed up one of the issues facing the world’s wheat yields; “It’s not just a Ug99 problem, it’s a rust problem.”

Olivera, a Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the ...

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John Bakum · 21 Dec 2016


Coffman speaks on agrobiodiversity in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ronnie Coffman, vice-chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, was a keynote speaker at the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC) held in New Delhi, India, November 6-9, 2016. Over 850 delegates from more than 40 countries were in attendance. ...

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Linda McCandless · 30 Nov 2016


Taking the Scientists to the Rust

Saha Bir Rai doesn't see stem rust in his fields in Bhutan. “We have wheat varieties but we don’t understand levels or types of rust,” said the senior plant protection officer in the Division of Pest Surveillance at Bhutan’s National Plant Protection Center.

In early October, the Kenya ...

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Cally Arthur · 27 Oct 2016


WIT Focus: Caixia Lan

Caixia Lan, from China, and currently working at CIMMYT, was a WIT winner in 2011. Since then, she has been focusing on identifying adult plant resistance (APR) gene to leaf rust, stripe rust, and stem rust in bread and durum wheats, and breeding durable rust resistant wheat cultivars.

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Tessa Schneider · 26 Oct 2016


WIT Focus: Jemanesh Kifetew Haile

BACKGROUND: What is your current professional position, title, affiliation, responsibilities? How long have you been in this position?

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow, studying Wheat Breeding and Genetics at the Crop Development Center, Department of Plant Sciences ...

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Tessa Schneider · 1 Sep 2016


WIT Profile: Esraa Alwan '10

Esraa Alwan, a native of Syria, won the Women in Triticum Early Career Award in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Aleppo University in Syria, during which she also completed an MSc in conjunction with ICARDA. The BGRI is launching a series of profiles ...

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Tessa Schneider · 27 Jul 2016


Ron DePauw Donates WIT Award to FINCA

Ron DePauw has always been motivated by the power of agriculture to change people’s lives. During his distinguished career as a wheat breeder, he has produced over 200 scientific manuscripts, developed wheat cultivars, which have accounted for about 50 percent of  ...

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Tessa Schneider · 20 Jul 2016


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