The second International Wheat Stripe Rust symposium brought together the world’s leading stripe rust researchers to interact with decision makers from rust-affected countries and assess the current state of research and regional cooperation on rust surveillance.
As a platform to encourage sustained international collaboration on wheat stripe rust, the meeting updated participants on the latest research innovations: rust surveillance and disease monitoring, population dynamics, conventional and molecular approaches to breeding for durable stripe rust resistance, genetics of resistance to stripe rust, and seed delivery systems.
The event was hosted by the Regional Cereal Rust Research Center at the Agean Agricultural Research Institute (AARI) in Izmir, Turkey. The Rust Research Center was created in 2012 as a collaboration between the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and ICARDA, in response to the urgent need for regional cooperation on stripe rust monitoring and capacity building on crop breeding for stripe rust resistance. The Center hosts a monitoring and mitigation system for the ‘wheat belt’ countries – particularly in Central and West Asia and North Africa which produces more than 25% of the world’s wheat.
The first International Wheat Stripe Rust Symposium was held in 2011 in a bid to gather countries to jointly address the threat of stripe rust, following widespread devastation caused by the disease in 2010. Some 150 scientists, policy makers, and donors from 31 countries convened at ICARDA in Aleppo, Syria, to share their latest innovations on rust resistance, surveillance, and mitigation, and called for global collaboration to combat the threat of stripe rust.
Yellow rust disease continues to threaten the world’s wheat production. This year, rust epidemics have struck widely grown wheat cultivars in Central and West Asia, North and East Africa, and the Caucasus – seriously damaging wheat harvests in some countries.
Factors such as changing climate patterns, the adaptation of the stripe rust pathogen to warmer conditions and the wide cultivation of susceptible wheat varieties, continue to pose the threat of yellow rust attacks and risk to global food security.
A series of blogs written at the Symposium can be found here.
For more information contact Kumarse Nazari at K.Nazari [at] cgiar.org