A farmer works in wheat field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India February 1, 2018. (REUTERS/Amit Dave)
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devastating disease that attacks barley and wheat -- the world's most widely grown crop -- could re-emerge in Britain, scientists said Thursday.Over 80 percent of 57 wheat varieties tested in Britain are susceptible to the strain of stem rust that was discovered in an infected plant in Suffolk in 2013, the first time the disease has reappeared since 1955, they said.Stem rust can devastate wheat, the source of food and livelihoods for more than 1 billion people in developing countries, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Breeding wheat varieties resistant to the disease is key to controlling it and this can take a long time, Saunders said.
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