The Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat Project, a collaborative effort begun in April 2008 and ended in 2016, which now includes 22 research institutions around the world and led by Cornell University, seeks to mitigate rust threats through coordinated activities that will replace susceptible varieties with durably resistant varieties, created by accelerated multilateral plant breeding and delivered through optimized developing country seed sectors. The project also aims to harness recent advances in genomics to introduce non-host resistance (immunity) into wheat.
Improved international collaboration in wheat research to meet growing world demand for food—an estimated 50% production increase in wheat alone is needed by 2020—is another major goal of this project. For more information about how to get involved with this project, please contact the DRRW coordination office.
The DRRW is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development