Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wheat Fungus Found in South Africa

Studies have found that two new forms of wheat fungus have been found in South Africa. The fungus is called Ug99 stem rust and is able to overcome resistance genes in wheat that normally prevent stem rust. This fungus is originally from Uganda or East Africa. The presence of these new forms means other areas are also vulnerable as the fungus can now migrate using wind. To read the full article on Ug99 stem rust, click here.