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Gene protects beer crop from nasty fungus

Finding the gene that gives barley resistance to leaf rust could benefit people who rely on the crop for food and beer.

Researchers have discovered that the gene Rph20 provides resistance to leaf rust in some barley variety adult plants.

“Leaf rust is a fungal disease that could destroy almost a third of the nation’s barley crop,” says Lee Hickey, a research fellow at University of Queensland.

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