Origin of Wheat Blast in Bangladesh

Bruce McDonald provides background information about the wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh. He makes an excellent case about rapid dissemination of information: “If this were a human disease, like Ebola or Zika, and we were medical researchers who discovered a likely source of infection, we would be compelled to notify immediately all of the people who may have been in contact with the source of infection in order to prevent its further spread.” He calls for increased surveillance efforts in Asian countries that have imported wheat from South America.

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