AN INTERNATIONAL cereal research center has introduced a new wheat variety, which is tolerant to deadly Ug99 fungus to
, a traditional rice growing region. Bangladesh
The International Maize and
Wheat Improvement Center, or Cimmyt, said it introduced a wheat variety in in March, which is tolerant to the Ug99 strain of stem-rust fungus.
The new wheat variety, named Francolin, has “good” resistance to all varieties of Ug99 as well as yields that are about 10 percent higher than the most commonly grown wheat variety in
, wrote El Batan, the Mexico-based Cimmyt uploaded in an online on March 23. Bangladesh
This step toward mitigating the threat of Ug99 was made possible in part by a USAID seed-multiplication famine fund program. The WRC and CIMMYT-Bangladesh are working together under this program to identify suitable Ug99-resistant varieties, and carry out seed production and delivery.
Agronomists and soil scientists from state Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) and CIMMYT-Bangladesh were also involved in its validation and promotional activities.
“The danger posed by the Ug99 strain of the disease stem rust to global wheat production is well recognized, and
is no exception,” Cimmyt wrote. Bangladesh
Cimmyt said it’s working with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute on the new wheat variety. The introduction of Francolin was helped in part by a USAID seed-multiplication program, according to the research center.
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