Breakthrough Pulls Science Ahead in Race Against Devastating Wheat Disease

January 2, 2018

For the first time ever, scientists are gaining ground in the race against wheat stem rust, a pathogen that threatens global food security because of its ability to kill wheat. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Rothamsted Research, the University of Minnesota and USDA have discovered the first rust virulence molecule that wheat plants detect to ‘switch on’ built-in resistance and stave off the disease. Departmental collaborators on this publication include: Feng LiBrian SteffensonYue JinMelania Figueroa, and Peter DoddsRead more >>