Title: Session 5: The Barberry Connection

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Just as our interest in breeding for resistance to the rusts is not new, our interest in the alternate host is not new either. But while efforts to discover and deploy new resistance genes have made great strides since the discovery of Ug99, rekindled interest in the alternate host has lagged behind. From a crisis management perspective, this is understandable; but in terms of looking ahead and working toward an increased durability of resistance to the wheat rusts, history suggests that we may benefit from trying to control the emergence of new virulent races in the first place, in addition to breeding for enhanced resistance. Iago Hale, University of New Hampshire, Panel Moderator

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