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Cimmyt Introduces Wheat Tolerant to Ug99 Fungus in Bangladesh

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or Cimmyt, said it introduced a wheat variety in Bangladesh, this month, which is tolerant to the Ug99 strain of stem-rust fungus that wiped out fields in Kenya.

The new wheat variety, named Francolin, has “good” resistance to all varieties of Ug99 as well as yields that are about 10 percent higher than the most commonly grown wheat variety in Bangladesh, El Batan, Mexico-based Cimmyt wrote in an online report dated March 23.