A new documentary premiering on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) highlights the University of Minnesota's leading role in making wheat a major food source for the world and protecting it from disease.
The half-hour documentary tells the story of how a small group of scientists from the U of M have led the way in global efforts to develop disease-resistant, productive wheat crops. That work began as a companion to Minnesota's wheat and flour industries in the 19th century, progressed through the 1960s and '70s Green Revolution and continues today as plant disease scientists at the U of M race against the clock to stop the spread of the deadly Ug99 fungus. The fungus is spreading across Africa and parts of the Middle East; by some estimates, 90 percent of the world's wheat is vulnerable to Ug99 and its variants.
Several copies are available for checkout from the Libraries, along with being available for free on the TPT website. The University Archives also contributed to the film.