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Fungus Threatens 80% of Worlds Wheat Crop!

Fungus Threatens 80% of Worlds Wheat Crop!

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wheat stem rust called Ug99(OrganicJar) The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world’s wheat as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S.

It has already jumped the Red Sea and traveled as far as Iran. Experts say it is poised to enter the breadbasket of northern India and Pakistan, and the wind will inevitably carry it to Russia, China and even North America — if it doesn’t hitch a ride with people first.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico estimates that 19% of the world’s wheat, which provides food for 1 billion people in Asia and Africa, is in imminent danger. American plant breeders say $10 billion worth of wheat would be destroyed if the fungus suddenly made its way to U.S. fields.

After several years of feverish work, scientists have identified a mere half-dozen genes that are immediately useful for protecting wheat from Ug99. Incorporating them into crops using conventional breeding techniques is a nine- to 12-year process that has only just begun. And that process will have to be repeated for each of the thousands of wheat varieties that is specially adapted to a particular region and climate.

Source: latimes.com

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  1. This is why it’s so important to preserve local genetic diversity.

    This may be terrible, but GMO wheat is a bigger threat than this.

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  3. Who cares about gluten? Half of our population around
    the world has a gluten intolerance that is almost related
    to the Celiac Disease.

    Just think a world without wheat, the stuff they bleach,
    and process!

    Oh, boo hoo!

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