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Syngenta/CIMMYT collaboration on wheat rust

Syngenta has launched a two-year research collaboration with the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to identify and map genetic markers for use in wheat resistance breeding against the Ug99 strain of wheat stem rust ( Puccinia graminis tritici). The project will be funded by Syngenta’s foundation for sustainable agriculture. It will combine Syngenta’s plant genetic profiling expertise with CIMMYT’s extensive field research to develop a genetic map of wheat stem rust resistance. The alliance is expected to culminate in the development of more resistant wheat varieties, contributing directly to the global efforts to combat the rust, which are being co-ordinated by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative. A collaborative global effort to fight the disease was launched last year ( Agrow No 541, p 21).

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