The global supply of wheat is threatened by the destructive fungal disease wheat leaf rust. Wheat leaf rust is an umbrella term for three destructive and extremely contagious fungal diseases: yellow rust, black rust and brown rust. It attacks the grain plants and seriously affects the harvest yield.
Researchers from Aarhus University are playing a leading role in the work to combat this severe threat against the global food security. In a new research project, a number of universities and institutions in Denmark and abroad are working to determine how and under which conditions the rust fungus becomes more aggressive. The results from the project will be entered into a database-powered and Internet-based system that researchers from Aarhus University are developing for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In addition to that, Aarhus University is the home of the Global Rust Reference Centre (GRRC) which is running a variety of research and monitoring activities intended to increase global initiatives to deal with wheat leaf rust.