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Ancestral Grass May Save Modern Wheat

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world’s most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Matt Rouse and Yue Jin, with the agency’s Cereal Disease Research Laboratory, found the gene while studying the DNA of ancient grasses. They were searching for genes that could make wheat more resistant to Ug99 (Puccinia graminis), a type of stem rust that is constantly evolving. ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency, and this work supports the USDA priority of promoting international food security.

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