By The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative
90 percent of the world's wheat has little or no protection against Ug99 wheat rust. This plant disease could quickly spread and annihilate a crop that provides a third of the world's calories.
The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) was formed to systematically reduce the world's vulnerability to wheat rust diseases through a first-ever international agricultural collaboration in wheat research.
Only a handful of organizations (five world wide) have expertise on wheat rust. It became necessary to quickly bring together a global community of scientists, biologists, universities and agricultural organizations in over fifty countries in order to quickly understand and counter this threat.
The BGRI community portal links the public, research community, BGRI staff and sponsors. Its content ranges from fresh field data to scientific papers, workshops proceedings and event pages to allow the BCRI community to help organize and advocate a global response to a global threat.
In addition to serving its publicly facing mission, the site is the hub for globally distributed scientific data collection and research, with over three hundred researchers using the site every day - and more than twenty five using the site at any time.
The BGRI community has compiled important data quickly, and gotten it into the hands of other researchers, institutions, NGO's and other advocates who share the site. This is in sharp contrast to a global research publication cycle which typically operates in a time frame of months or years rather than days or weeks. This is necessary to combat the UG99 threat which not only spreads rapidly, but also mutates rapidly.
The www.globalrust.org site helps the BGRI community organize and work faster than the threat.
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