LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- This bi-monthly column condenses the latest in the field of crop technology, research and products.
WILD, WILD WHEAT
While rooting around in ancient grassy relatives of wheat, government scientists have located a gene that could control a wheat fungus that threatens up to 90% of the world's wheat. The fungus, Ug99 (Puccinia graminis), is a fast-evolving stem rust. It has plagued African and Middle Eastern wheat fields since its first appearance in Uganda in 1999.
U.S. wheat growers need to be on the watch too. USDA reports indicate seven existing mutations of Ug99 are able to ...