Stem Rust of Wheat 3300 Years Old Found in Israel

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Science  28 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4549, pp. 993-994
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4549.993


A fungus parasite observed on two ancient lemma fragments of wheat was identified as Puccinia graminis. The fragments were found in a storage jar from the Late Bronze Age excavated at Tel Batash, Israel, Uredia, hyphae, and germinating uredospores, though charred, were well preserved.

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