|Ug99 - stem rust on a wheat plant|
The new variety was released by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Work was done in collaboration with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. Funding was provided in part by USAID's seed multiplication program.
Francolin is the second Ug99 resistant wheat variety to be released by CIMMYT in Bangladesh. The first variety was "Hashi." In 2012-2013, these two new varieties are expected to be planted in approximately 5 percent of Bangladesh's total wheat area.
For more see:
Ruitenberg, Rudy. "Cimmyt Introduces Wheat Tolerant to Ug99 Fungus in Bangladesh," Bloomberg News, 26 March 2012.