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Crop Biotech Update

Scientists Collaborate to Combat UG99

March 28, 2008

Scientists from all over the world met at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo, Syria for the two-day "Stem Rust Baseline Survey Workshop on Standardizing Protocols and International Collaboration”. The workshop aims to standardize protocols and strengthen international cooperation to combat the stem rust (strain Ug99). Ug99 (after Uganda where it was first recorded in 1999) has defeated the resistance in varieties that were resistant to stem rust in the past. It was found in Yemen in 2006 and has recently been reported in Iran. It now threatens wheat production in the Near East and West Asia region.

The workshop was jointly organized by ICARDA, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the Cornell University through the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.

The complete press release is available at http://www.cgiar.org/newsroom/releases/news.asp?idnews=720