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Crop Biotech Update

Research Institutions Across the Globe to Further Analyze Yellow Rust

November 21, 2012

A group of agricultural research institutions namely the John Innes Center, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, the Sainsbury Laboratory and University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom; the Aarhus University in Denmark; the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Punjab Agricultural University in India; and the Kenya Agricultural University will work together to fully understand how the yellow rust pathogen overcomes the plant's resistance.

Using new DNA sequencing technologies and a variety of strains of wheat yellow rust from Africa, India and the UK, the researchers will sequence current and historical collections of yellow rust to understand how the disease has evolved over time and across continents. This new information at a DNA level will help identify wheat genes best able to resist the pathogen for longer, enabling new varieties of yellow rust resistant wheat to be bred, grown, and harvested.

View John Innes Centre's news release at http://news.jic.ac.uk/2012/11/global-effort-to-tackle-wheats-worst-enemy/.