#OpenWheatBlast June 2016 Update

July 4, 2016. According to Bangladesh New Daily, wheat import rises due to low yield.

June 19, 2016. Islam et al. paper “Emergence of wheat blast in Bangladesh was caused by a South American lineage of Magnaporthe oryzae published in bioRxiv. “We show that genomic surveillance can be rapidly applied to monitor plant disease outbreaks and provide valuable information regarding the identity and origin of the infectious agent.”

June 15, 2016. Lauren Hooley, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme, posted a memo titled “Wheat Blast Outbreak Threatens Food Security in Bangladesh and Beyond.

June 13, 2016. Tofazzal islam posted on YouTube “Burning of blast affected wheat in BADC’s Nurnagar Farm in Bangladesh in March 2016.”

June 7, 2016. Malaker et al. published the Plant Disease Note “First Report of Wheat Blast Caused by Magnaporthe oryzae Pathotype Triticum in Bangladesh.” They wrote “the wheat blast observed in Bangladesh is caused by MoT pathotype and has strong genetic identity to a strain from South America.”

June 6, 2016. Tofazzal Islam speaks about wheat blast outbreak at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC). Read his summary here.

June 6, 2016. The Daily Star report a loss of Tk 1,800cr a year, at least, from the wheat blast outbreak.

May 26, 2016.Deadly wheat blast came from Brazil” writes the Daily Star.

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