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Rushing to breed new variety of wheat

Spreading disease threatens world's crop

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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:05 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Here's an idea for a science fiction thriller: A virulent, mutating fungus capable of killing most of the world's wheat crop begins to spread, threatening famine and economic havoc. Scientists work feverishly to find genes for new varieties of wheat that can resist the fungus and avert disaster.

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