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Wiley 02-21-2010 11:19 AM

Ug99
 
This is a FYI:

An article in Wired Magazine set me off on a search of more info on this worldwide problem that is pertinent to those of us who enjoy baking our own pizza and bread.

Stem rust, since 1999 when it this particular mutation was discovered it has spread from Uganda thru Africa and is apparently throughout most of the Middle East and headed for India and Pakistan.

I don't recall Ug99 being mentioned last year when there was a worldwide shortage of wheat and subsequent price hike. If this proves to be as big a problem as the articles indicate wheat could be come quite expensive if available.


Here's a couple of links:
News For Growing Christians - New threat to world food supply 80 % could be gone

Cereal Disease Laboratory : Ug99 an emerging virulent stem rust race

Bests,
Wiley


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