Scientists have developed several resistant strains of wheat over the past 50 years, but according to Cornell researchers, more than 90% of the world's wheat is susceptible to new types of rust coming from
The spread of Ug99, a disease first discovered in
With world wheat stocks at all time lows and demand for wheat higher, the world can not afford to allow these diseases to continue to spread. If Ug99 spreads through
According to Cornell's Ronnie Coffman, the project leader, a world-wide effort is needed to fight these new strains of rust; otherwise it will have a staggering effect on wheat production around the globe.