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Mar 26, 2012

Bangladesh Plants Fungus Resistant Wheat That Fights Stem Rust (Ug99)

Ug99 - stem rust on a wheat plant
On 26 March 2012 Bloomberg News reported on the release of a new wheat variety called "Francolin" in Bangladesh.  This hybrid has resistance to Ug99, a fungal disease that attacks wheat and has led to considerable harvest losses in the developing world.  Francolin is a high yield hybrid, increasing crop harvest by 10 percent more than other wheat varieties that carry some resistance to Ug99.

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.

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