Faces of the Borlaug 100: Masum Burak

By Meghan Eldridge

CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico —

Masum Burak, general director of the International Winter Wheat

Masum Burak (right) is one of the attendees at the Borlaug 100 conference. Photo by Meghan Eldridge

Masum Burak (right) is one of the attendees at the Borlaug 100 conference. He traveled from his home in Ankara, Turkey to attend the event. Photo by Meghan Eldridge

Improvement Program in Turkey, is attending the Borlaug 100 conference for two reasons.

His agricultural research in Turkey involves close collaboration with CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and host of the event. He’s also concerned about yellow rust, a disease that affects and destroys wheat plants in Turkey.

Burak noted the importance of Norman Borlaug’s work in the development of wheat strains resistant to environmental factors like drought and disease. Borlaug’s work continues to win respect worldwide, Burak said.

“In wheat growing areas of the world, he’s known as the Father of the Green Revolution,” Burak said. “Researchers respect his work. He was a big fighter for food security and preventing hunger and starvation.”

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