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The global population obtains a huge proportion of its nutrition from wheat-based foods such as bread, pasta and noodles. A University of Sydney team led by Professor Robert Park has been safeguarding the crops behind these products by endowing them with in-built genetic resistance to the fungi that cause debilitating rust diseases. This will help ensure that the 9.7 billion people expected to populate the planet by 2050 will have enough protein, nutrients and carbohydrates.
n 2009 Park was awarded the Friendship Award of China, the highest honour bestowed by the Chinese Government on a foreign expert who has made outstanding contributions to China.