Science Salon: "Wheat Stem Rust: Right Sizing Research Investments to Deal with a Disease of Global Food Security Consequence"

  • August 22, 2013
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Pracna on Main, Minneapolis

Farmers and scientists have been dealing with wheat stem rust since wheat was first domesticated 10,000 years ago. Minnesota farmers suffered crop losses of upwards of 60 percent from this disease in years gone by. In 1999, new, more virulent forms of this fungus were discovered in Uganda and have since spread to Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, and South Africa, and are poised to move to other important wheat producers worldwide, including, potentially, the United States. What areas of the world's wheat crop are at risk from infection? How devastating is this disease likely to be to wheat production worldwide? How much should be spent on breeding wheat varieties with resistance to this form of stem rust? This talk will answer those questions, describing how science can help make strategic research policy decisions.


Dr. Philip Pardey is the Director of the University of Minnesota's International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center and a professor in the Department of Applied Economics. His research focuses on finance and conduct of research and development, economic impacts of research, and economic and policy aspects of genetic resources. 


Questions? Contact Barbara Donoho,


6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (6:15 p.m. check-in)

Cost: Free

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