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Jan 6, 2010

Egypt Working on Ug99 Rust Disease Attacking Wheat

Ug99 rust attacking a wheat stem
Photo: CGIAR
On 6 January 2010 SciDev.Net reported on Egypt's efforts to combat the Ug99 rust disease attacking it wheat crops.  Egypt has developed the new Misr1 and Misr2 wheat varieties, which are rust resistant and higher yielding.  Research was conducted by the Egyptian Agricultural Research Center in 2005 with funding from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI). 

Egypt has already planted 40 tons of Misr 1 and Misr 2. From this total, Egypt has exported 1.5 tons to Afghanistan at no cost. Both countries are working with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico on this collaborative effort.

Ug99 was discovered in Uganda in 1999.  It spread to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran and Yemen.

For more see: Ahmed, Maha. "Ug99 is a major threat to food security," 6 January 2010.

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