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Quality wheat seed production in Chitwan, Nepal

Kashiram Khanal, one of the farmer leaders from the Torikhet cluster of the Chitwan region, is one of many farmers who are benefiting from the Seed Village Model at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Nepal. “The University was here for a long time, but only now we feel its ...

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Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder, Suman Dhakal · 6 Apr 2020


COVID-19: Update from the BGRI Team

Given the rapidly evolving uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we are cancelling our planned technical workshop scheduled for June 1-4 at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, along with all associated trainings prior to the workshop.

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Ronnie Coffman · 21 Mar 2020


Using DNA Fingerprinting to Determine Varietal Adoption in Wheat across Bangladesh and Nepal

Wheat is one of the major cereal crops in Bangladesh and Nepal. Traditional varieties and landraces are abundant and valued in these countries, but population growth, vulnerability to climate change and diseases necessitates efficient deployment and adoption of high-yielding, stress-tolerant and ...

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Rijuta Garapaty, Poornima Gade and Rituparna Majumder · 25 Feb 2020


Ug99 and Somatic Hybridization: An interview with Melania Figueroa

Ug99 was first characterized in Uganda in 1999, but the origin of this particularly devastating race of stem rust has always been a mystery. For 20 years, as it has spread to more than 13 countries, scientists have wondered: How did it happen? Was barberry involved? Was sexual reproduction involved ...

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Linda McCandless · 28 Jan 2020


Ruth Wanyera: Stalking Wheat Rust in Kenya

Ruth Wanyera has spent more than 30 years working in plant protection in Kenya. She enjoys walking the crop, but the main motivation for the 67-year-old pathologist is people — not plants. Having grown up in a farming family in rural Kenya, weeding and harvesting, fetching water, and making sure ...

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Linda McCandless · 22 Dec 2019


Work on Himalayan yellow rust population published in APS journal Phytopathology

A collaborative effort initiated by the South Asian Wheat Disease Consortium during the Borlaug Global Rust’s SAARC training in Nepal, in 2015, resulted in a close evaluation of the wheat yellow rust pathogen population structure in the Himalayan region by Sajid Ali’s group at the Institute of ...

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Sajid Ali · 24 Nov 2019


Surveying Barberry and Stem Rust in Spain, 2019

Spain serves as a potential bridge for pathogen movement and wheat rust infection between Africa and Europe and an important country in which to conduct barberry and stem rust surveys. Additionally, endemic and unique species of barberry such as Berberis vulgaris subsp. seroi  ...

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Dolors Villegas · 22 Nov 2019


Surveying for Stem and Yellow Rust in Ethiopia - October 2019

On October 20 to 22, 2019, a crew of pathologists including Dave Hodson and Yoseph Alemayehu from CIMMYT, Maricelis Acevedo from Cornell University, Habtamu Tesfaye from EIAR and myself, Pablo Olivera Firpo, from the University of Minnesota, participated in a wheat stem and stripe rust survey ...

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Pablo Olivera FIrpo · 15 Nov 2019


Keeping wheat diseases at bay: 11th annual training at KALRO

As part of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) at Cornell University, recently ...

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Jerome Bossuet · 1 Nov 2019


Hale Tufan delivers message of self-reflection and gender equality at World Food Prize

In 2010, when Hale Ann Tufan was awarded a Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum award, she was a PhD student working with Lesley Boyd at the John Innes Centre in the U.K., studying blast diseases of wheat and non-host resistance. At the time, she said she wanted to use her knowledge, training and ...

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Joseph Opoku Gakpo · 31 Oct 2019


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