The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative: Reducing the Genetic Vulnerability of Wheat to Rust

  • Sarah Davidson EvanegaEmail author
  • Ravi P. Singh
  • Ronnie Coffman
  • Michael O. Pumphrey


The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) is a collaboration of scientists from around the world inspired by Dr. Normal E. Borlaug to combat the threat of dangerous rusts of wheat. The BGRI’s Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project is aimed specifically at mitigating the threat of wheat stem rust Ug99 through an interdisciplinary approach that includes pathogen surveillance and diagnostics, gene discovery efforts, rapid breeding and deployment of new varieties of durably resistant wheat, gene stewardship, seed multiplication and delivery, and human and infrastructure capacity building. Responsible gene stewardship and genomic approaches are guiding the delivery of varieties that carry diverse race-specific resistance gene combinations and complex multigenic race non-specific “adult plant resistant” gene combinations to protect the world wheat crop against potential epidemics of wheat stem rust.


Stripe Rust Stem Rust Stem Rust Resistance Stem Rust Resistance Gene Wheat Stem Rust 
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The authors would like to thank Cally Arthur for carefully reviewing the manuscript and Dave Hodson for sharing Fig. 13.2. The BGRI is supported by funds provided through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development to Cornell University for the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Davidson Evanega
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ravi P. Singh
    • 2
  • Ronnie Coffman
    • 3
  • Michael O. Pumphrey
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)MexicoUSA
  3. 3.College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  4. 4.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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