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The Famine Fighter's Last Battle

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Science  08 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5928, pp. 710-712
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_710a

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Nobel Peace Prize–winner Norman Borlaug developed resistant varieties of wheat that protected the world against stem rust for decades. But when stem rust returned in 1998, Borlaug says he was not surprised. In 2004, he started a quiet campaign to drum up funding to fight the scourge, which had continued on a global track predicted to take it across the fertile crescent and into Southern Asia. Bringing researchers together to work on stem rust has now become a second calling for Borlaug. (Also: see slideshow.)