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Rust Never Sleeps

A new flare-up in an age-old battle between wheat and a fungal killer

2:45pm, September 10, 2010

In his quest for world domination, James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Blofeld threatens to unleash a pathogen that would destroy global food supplies. Humankind now faces such a foe. But this villain doesn’t care about world domination, and it needs no evil genius to release it. The fungus known as wheat rust, one of history’s most feared and destructive plant pathogens, is already sweeping the planet. Wheat rust can turn a healthy crop into a black, tangled mess of broken stems and shriveled grains just weeks before harvest.

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