For EEMB40: Ecology of Disease class at UC Santa Barbara.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Plants have pathogens too
Not a wildlife disease, but just as scary. Stem rust, a fungal disease that effects wheat, caused many a famine before scientists bred resistant wheat, leading to a revolution in agriculture. Now, a new strain of stem rust, Ug99, is threatening a crop that provides a third of the worlds calories.