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Strategies to reduce the emerging wheat stripe rust disease

Synthesis of a dialog between policy makers and scientists from 31 countries at: International Wheat Stripe Rust Symposium, Aleppo, Syria, April 2011

Aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases – stem rust and stripe rust – have decimated wheat yields in recent harvests. Key areas affected are East Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Rust diseases have reduced the wheat harvests is in Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Yemen, in the past five years.Scientists and agricultural specialists around the globe are working to more effectively monitor, track and combat the spread of wheat rust diseases. Early detection and well-organized reporting are the keys to better managing and reducing wheat rust in regions at risk. This helps farmers, policymakers, national agricultural research and extension services to rapidly respond to outbreaks. Information flows, knowledge and collaboration across countries are key. This synthesis report is an effort to quickly capture the knowledge and experience shared at the meeting, and share these with all concerned. This report is a synthesis of the evidence debated and best practices shared by a group of leading scientists, with agriculture and development policy makers from many countries. It is a call for interventions, action and longterm investment in combating wheat rusts.

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Publisher: International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
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Year: 2011
ISBN: 92-9127-237-X
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Type: Report
Content language: English
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