Wheat plague threatens Afghans with starvation

日期:2019-03-08 01:01:01 作者:鲜于疼肓 阅读:

SPRING rains brought a bumper wheat harvest to Afghan farmers this year, and the opium poppies were safely brought in because US president Barack Obama withdrew troops he had sent to destroy drug crops. But the beleaguered country can’t rest easy. The Ug99 wheat rust, a virulent fungus that wipes out entire crops, is poised to cross the border from Iran. Fungal spores have been spreading on the wind from Uganda, where the disease was first discovered in 1999. They reached the wheat fields of Iran two years ago,