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Aug 26, 2009

Syngenta & CIMMYT - Working Against Wheat Rust Resistance

Striped rust disease attacking wheat
Photo: USDA
Syngenta announced on 26 August from Basel, Switzerland that it had entered into a two-year public-private partnership with international wheat and maize research center, CIMMYT based in Mexico to fight against wheat rust resistance.

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) is the agency responsible for funding the research that will identify and map genetic markers for use in wheat resistance breeding against Ug99 stem rust.  This is a disease caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis.  It first emerged in Uganda in 1999 and is currently spreading across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  It has the "potential to spread further, posing a serious risk to wheat, the world’s third most important food crop."

Syngenta will provide its plant genetic profiling expertise.  CIMMYT will provide its extensive field research to develop a genetic map of wheat stem rust resistance. The goal of this research is to develop new wheat varieties that can resist the disease.

For more see: "Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture launches Syngenta and CIMMYT wheat Ug99 stem rust resistance research partnership," Syngenta Media Release, Basel, Switzerland, 26 August 2009. 

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