stem rust

WSU Scientists First to Characterize Barley Plant-Stem Rust Spore ‘Communication’, Clone Genes to Build Stem Rust Resistance

PULLMAN, Wash. – Traditional thought holds that a disease-causing organism has to penetrate a plant to initiate resistance. Now, two Washington State University scientists have established that a barley plant recognizes an invader and begins to marshal its defenses within five minutes of an attack. The discovery, along with the scientists’ successful cloning of barley’s […]