Stripe rust threat to wheat worse than predicted

SciDev.Net: An epidemic caused by a new strain of wheat fungus could cause billions of dollars in crop losses across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, according to researchers. The wheat stripe rust -- or yellow rust (Yr) -- epidemic is far worse than predicted, scientists from various Middle-Eastern institutions have found. "The situation is severe, some farmers will suffer 30--60 per cent yield loss. In the worst cases, yield loss is 100 per cent," said Maarten Van Ginkel, ......

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