Wheat Killer Detected In Iran: Dangerous Fungus On The Move From East Africa To The Middle East

Not good:

A new and virulent wheat fungus, previously found in East Africa and Yemen, has moved to major wheat growing areas in Iran, reports the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization. The fungus is capable of wreaking havoc to wheat production by destroying entire fields.

Countries east of Iran, like Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, all major wheat producers, are most threatened by the fungus and should be on high alert, FAO said.

It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of all wheat varieties planted in Asia and Africa are susceptible to the wheat stem rust (Puccinia graminis). The spores of wheat rust are mostly carried by wind over long distances and across continents.

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This is terrible news. But thank you, Gilliam, for alerting us.

The article doesn’t address the issue of famine, but it could a result of this plant disease.

Incidentally, North America is not out of danger from it.

A disease first discovered in Uganda in 1999 (hence its name), Ug99 could, under the right conditions, become established in the United States and within years devastate a wheat crop that has no resistance to the exotic strain. Such a rapid transmission is a long shot. It would probably be tourist-transported, but as a colleague of Peterson’s pointed out, there have been a lot of “tourists” rotating in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq lately.

Lacking that scenario, Ug99 is expected to eventually spread to the U.S. naturally.

“It could be here in the next four or five years. It could be here tomorrow. We just don’t know,” Peterson said.

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There have been disasterous wheat blights, or rusts, in the U.S. in our history. In corn, also. It could happen again. We always overcome it, but not before a lot of people are ruined. Famines happen, unfortunately. Just ask the Egyptians. Roanoker

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