Consider the following statements about the ‘wheat blast’ disease:

  1. The disease is a fungal disease
  2. The disease was discovered in India in 2016
  3. Burning of the wheat fields can help to control the outbreak

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [A] 1 & 3 Only

The disease has still not been observed in India. It is a fungal disease that periodically destroys wheat crops in South America. The disease was first observed in Brazil in 1985. The first Asian outbreak of wheat blast was found in Bangladesh in February 2016.

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