Bangladesh to Benefit from Wheat Variety Tolerant to Ug99

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has introduced a wheat variety known as Francolin in Bangladesh which is tolerant to the Ug99 strain of stem-rust fungus.​ CIMMYT was assisted by the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute and supported in part by a United States Agency for International Development seed-multiplication program.​ The new seed variety will be combined with another seed variety called Hashi to cover around 5% of the country's total area harvested by 2013.​

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