DURING the last two decades the emphasis in wheat improvement in India has shifted
to breeding for resistance to diseases, particularly to the rust disease which is by far the
most serious menace to the crop. In 1935, a special committee met under the auspices
of the I.C.A.R. to suggest measures for combating the rust menace in the country.
Based on the recommendations of this committee an I.C.A.R. scheme for breeding
rust resistant wheats for the hiI1s was started at Simla. The work was taken up by the
Botany Division of t];J.e I.A.R.I. in collaboration with the late Dr. K. C. Mehta.
The breeding work was planned in two stages viz., (i) to produce strains separately
resistant to each individual rust and (ii) to combine the resistance for all the three
rusts in one variety by complex crosses.
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B. P. PAL, G. S. MURTY, AMIR SINGH and DALJIT SINGH info_circle