JERUSALEM, 27 April 2009 (IRIN) - Experts
from nine countries have taken part in a workshop in Syria to develop a
common monitoring strategy for the Ug99 strain of wheat rust, which poses
a threat to global food security.
Participants pledged to undertake field
surveys to monitor Ug99 and other wheat rust races and share the results,
which will be used to establish a global early warning system at the UN's
Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.
Representatives from Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Yemen took part in this