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Ethiopia wheat rust scaling

The Ethiopia Wheat Rust Scaling project contributes to efforts to combat wheat rust disease through the deployment of new high-yielding, rust-resistant varieties across Ethiopia’s wheat growing area.

After nearly half a century of durable resistance to wheat stem rust disease, a new form of the disease called Ug99 was discovered to be highly pathogenic early in the 21st century. More than 80 percent of the world’s wheat acreage is at risk due to Ug99. As a result, CIMMYT is working to develop and deploy wheat varieties with durable resistance to Ug99 and other strains of stem rust.



Replace susceptible commercial wheat varieties with high-yielding, rust-resistant varieties

Distribute rust-disease resilient wheat lines

Release wheat lines for local multiplication

Work with International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas and Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research

Fast-track release and accelerate seed multiplication

Propose follow-on project to compliment ongoing Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat and U.S. Agency for International Development Famine Fund projects  

Project Date: 2014 to 2017

Project Leader: Bekele Abayo, B.Abeyo@cgiar.org, CIMMYT

Funding Organization: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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