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Scientists Find Genes To Protect Wheat From Rust

Scientists have pinpointed two genes that protect wheat against devastating fungal diseases found worldwide, potentially paving the way to hardier wheat strains, international researchers reported Feb. 20. New research published in the journal Science showed how the genes provide resistance to leaf rust, stripe rust and powdery mildew, diseases responsible for millions of hectares of

U. K. funds non-food biofuels

The British government and 15 businesses including Royal Dutch Shell and SABMiller have directed 27 million pounds (US$38.10 million) for research on new biofuels that do not use up food. It is Britain’s biggest ever public investment in bioenergy. The money will fund research at six centres around Britain with the goal of replacing petrol