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Organic farmers get a helping hand


2013.06.06 | Agriculture and food

Organic farmers get a helping hand

There is an urgent need for devising new methods of preventing attacks of yellow rust fungus in cereals. A new project tackles the problem from several angles in close cooperation with the agricultural industry.

2013.05.22 | Agriculture and food

Emerging yellow rust epidemics in Central and West Asia and Northern Africa (CWANA)

The Global Wheat Rust Monitoring System (RustTracker) reports about a potential outbreak of yellow rust epidemics in CWANA.

2013.02.27 | Agriculture and food

Additional support in the fight against yellow rust in organic farming

Organic farmers do not have many tools at their disposal against yellow rust in wheat and triticale apart from resistant varieties and good advice. Scientists from Aarhus University are now developing a better toolbox.

Race analysis of Puccinia striiformis at GRRC

Please find reports of the non-European Puccinia striiformis race analyses activities at GRRC 2010 - 2013:

Sampling site focus in 2013 will be selected by staff at ICARDA, CIMMYT and NARCs in Africa and Asia, with a focus on high risk epidemic areas. Since 2011, GRRC also accepted samples of stem rust (Puccinia graminis tritici) as agreed upon with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the phase II of the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat Project (DRRW). GRRC can only process samples according to available space and resources at any time, and we cannot guarantee to process all samples received. This report deals only with yellow rust. Submission procedures are enclosed at the end of the report, 2012.

RUSTFIGHT - Meeting the new challenges from infectious rust fungi on crop plants

The Danish Research Council for Strategic Research is contributing 19.8m DKK to a new research project to be led by Aarhus University. The results from the project will bring more knowledge to the prevention and control of wheat rust.

The research will be a collaboration between The Global Rust Reference Centre at Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Sejet Planteforædling and leading international institutions.

In the project the scientists will try to decode how and why the fungus starts to develop so aggressively. They will also prepare a list of the genetic codes of the fungus – the so-called effectors – that are responsible for the ability of the fungus to adapt to new wheat varieties. These effectors will be screened and used to develop wheat cultivars with durable rust resistance.

Another ambition is to track down rust resistance in resistant wheat varieties and strains made available from international institutions to Danish plant breeders.

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Collaboration with Icarda and Cimmyt

The centre was established in 2008 as a global hub for investigating wheat rust upon the request of the international institutions International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico, and International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), which is based in Syria. With the new grant the activities at the reference centre will expand markedly.

14th International Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference 2015

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), founded by the late Dr. N.E. Borlaug, has the overarching objective of systematically reducing the world’s vulnerability to stem, yellow, and leaf rusts of wheat and facilitatingg the evolution of a sustainable international system to contain the threat of wheat rusts and continue the enhancements in productivity required to withstand future global threats to wheat.

BGRI knowledge resources

Contact GRRC

Global Rust Reference Center

Forsøgsvej 14200, Slagelse, Denmark

Direct phone: +45 87158129