Friday, October 3, 2008

Wild grass fights disease

"Ug99, the deadly stem rust which is spreading panic among wheat growers across the globe, may soon be tackled with the help of an obscure wild grass.

Researchers in the US are focusing on a wild grass as a standin for wheat to speed up the discovery of genes that will improve wheat’s resistance to diseases, including the Ug99.

According to reports, the grass, Brachypodium distachyon, is related to wheat, barley, and other small grains."

Ug99 is a killer and might wipe out the world's wheat supply. Glad for biodiversity...

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