Posted 17 June 2004. PMN Crop News.
Rapid Test for Global Fungal Threat
Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.
Beltsville, MD (June 16, 2004) - Rusts are fungal disease agents that threaten just about every plant or crop in the world. The science of detecting rusts became a bit more precise this year, thanks to Agricultural Research Service scientists who developed a wheat rust species detection kit that relies on a form of rapid DNA testing.
Geneticist Les Szabo, plant pathologist Charles Barnes and lab
Extra funding from the U.S. Department of Defense--along with
many years of previous research on rust taxonomy, including creation of an
Diagnostic labs will likely use the test to analyze rust samples
Once the scientists develop kits to more accurately identify
Knowing the subspecies and lineages will also alert scientists
The work is expected to lead to the discovery of new species of
ARS News Service