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Norman Borlaug studying resistance to the fungal disease wheat rust in northern Mexico in 1964. The new varieties of wheat he introduced enabled Mexico to increase its wheat production sixfold in comparison to the early 1940s, and his work eventually led to the green revolution in agriculture.

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Norman E. Borlaug (March 25, 1914–September 12, 2009) was an American agriculturalist, plant scientist, and humanitarian whose advancements in plant breeding led to significant increases in food production in Latin America and Asia during the 20th century. He was widely regarded as the father of the agricultural movement known as the green revolution, although he was reluctant to accept the title. In 1970, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to world food production ...

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