Panic of the Moment: There's a Fungus Among Us

Allegedly, a wheat fungus is inevitably going to destroy the world's wheat crops. The LA Times reports:
Crop scientists fear the Ug99 fungus could wipe out more than 80% of worldwide wheat crops as it spreads from eastern Africa. It has already jumped the Red Sea and traveled as far as Iran. Experts say it is poised to enter the breadbasket of northern India and Pakistan, and the wind will inevitably carry it to Russia, China and even North America -- if it doesn't hitch a ride with people first.
The fungus is affectionately called "stem rust," which is not quite as catchy as "swine flu".