Vol. 4, No. 4
Researchers introduce scab-resistant wheat
North Dakota State University researchers have developed a new variety
of wheat that resists scab disease (Fusarium head blight).
Scab is a fungs that causes kernels of wheat and barley to shrivel up
and produces toxins that render the grain unsuable. According to the Associated
Press, from 1991-97, scab destroyed an estaimated $2.6 billion worth of
The new wheat breed is a result of a 10-year long project that cross-bred
three wheat varieties obtained from China. When planted in areas where
scab disease is a problem, the new wheat variety results in substanitally
The new variety could be available for planting by 2001.
introduce new wheat variety. Associated Press, February 8, 2000.