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Strategies to Reduce Stripe Rust Disease

Across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia and the Caucasus, where wheat can contribute more than 40% of people’s food calories and 20% of their protein, wheat rust epidemics can cause serious economic hardship and hunger…new weapons are needed to fight new rusts…

Climate change, in terms of rising temperatures, and the timing and increasing variability of rainfall, is contributing to the spread and severity of many plant diseases – including rust. Scientists at ICARDA and around the globe are working on monitoring and surveillance of stem rust and stripe rust to ensure rapid detection and reporting to help farmers, policymakers, and agricultural research centers to respond more quickly and more successfully to outbreaks.

In all of this fight with rust, information flows, knowledge and collaboration are key. The Research to Action Report on Stripe Rust Disease is an effort to capture the current key messages on wheat rust to inform the widest possible audience to ensure that wheat is a secure food for tomorrow as well as for today.