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Blast fungus of wheat is devastating the whole wheat field in certain areas of BD

Blast fungus of wheat is devastating the whole wheat field in certain areas of BD

Dhaka 20th April, 2016. Professor Tofazzal Islam at BSMRAU and his associates are using a novel Field Pathogenomics approach for identification and understanding the biology of the blast fungus causing irreparable crop loss in certain wheat growing areas of Bangladesh. The above technique was first used in yellow rust fungus last year. Another unique feature of Professor Tofazzal Islam’s approach is that they are instantly releasing their data through an Open Wheat Blast website (www.wheatblast.net) to share their data with the global community for comments, their use and collaboration. GNOBB members are requested to kindly visit at Open Wheat Blast – Making Data Instantly Accessible and share their comments. The above piece alarming news has been published in many world media including Science Daily, UREKAlert etc. [Communicated by Professor Tofazzal Islam.]

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