Small Scale Farmers Vulnerable to New Wheat Fungus

Inter Press Service: Mutant fungus is stalking wheat through East Africa. Aston Kirui lost most of his crop in 2009, though the Kenyan farmer's field escaped this year. Others in Katakala village in Narok, west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is not so lucky. "I have a neighbour who is going to lose everything this year. His farm looks like a field in an arid area during drought." Wheat stem rust is a fungus that enters the stem of a wheat plant and destroys the vascular tissue, which conducts water ......

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