2-12 October, 2016
8th Annual training on “Standardization of stem rust field notes and germplasm evaluation, with discussions on stripe and leaf rust” at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Research Station, Njoro, Kenya
Durable Genetic Gains in Wheat project (DGGW) in cooperation with CIMMYT trained 6 mid carrier scientists from the South Asian nations of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh through hands-on training course on “Standardization of stem rust field notes and germplasm evaluation, with discussions on stripe and leaf rust” at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Research Station, Njoro, Kenya during 2-12 October, 2016.
Through this training program the participants developed a comprehensive overview of the nature of scoring stem rust and germplasm evaluation, and are equipped with information and skills to effectively and efficiently evaluate wheat for resistance to stem, yellow and brown rusts. The participants gained exposure and experience on wheat rust screening and scoring through on field exercises in the wheat rust hotspots under the guidance of global experts. The program provided a platform to the South Asian trainees to interact and gain insights from wheat researchers and experts from various countries of the world.
Mr. Saha Bir Rai, Sr.Plant Protection Officer (Pest Surveillance) – National Plant Protection Center, Bhutan said “The outbreak of wheat blast has been reported from Bangladesh and thus seed quarantine may be very important to check its introduction into Bhutan and othercountries.The usual understood pathways of the rust (Africa-Europe-Asia) seem no longer valid. Instead the additional pathways are suspected to exist viz: directly from Africa to Asia (India and Pakistan) and then to other parts of the countries and neighboring countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh”.