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It is better to wear out than to rust out.

Prov. It is better to work until you die than to be idle just because you are old. Nancy: Grandma, you shouldn't work so hard. You're not young anymore, you know. Grandmother: Thanks for your concern, dear, but I plan to keep working. It's better to wear out than to rust out. Bill: You really ought to relax. I'm afraid you'll kill yourself with too much work. Nancy: So what? It's better to wear out than to rust out.
See also: better, out, rust, wear

rust away

to dissolve away into rust. In a few years, this car will rust away if you don't take care of it. The bridge is rusting away, little by little.
See also: away, rust

rust belt

Fig. the industrial north of the United States. (Patterned on sun belt.) The economy in the rust belt is slowing down. The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that's why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust

rust out

to develop holes or weak places owing to rust. Our hot water heater rusted out and flooded the basement.
See also: out, rust

rust up

1. To become thoroughly corroded: The walls of the old ship had rusted up.
2. To become immobile or stuck due to corrosion: The bolts have rusted up; I can't remove them.
3. To cause something to be thoroughly corroded: Don't use these chemicals; they will rust up the tank. Exposure to salt rusted the fender up.
See also: rust, up

rust belt

n. the industrial north of the U.S. (Patterned on sun belt.) The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that’s why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust

rust bucket

n. a naval destroyer; any ship. (Military.) Why don’t I ever get assigned to a new ship? It’s always some crummy rust bucket!
See also: bucket, rust
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Nationally, ARS scientists and university cooperators have planted susceptible and resistant wheat varieties at multiple locations around the country to monitor for new and emerging rust strains.
In 2005 and 2006, greenhouse studies at CDL and field studies in both Kenya and Ethiopia showed that Ug99 had overcome most of the known stem rust resistance genes deployed in wheat cultivars over the years.
Stem rust, caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis sp.
Borlaug, founder of the "Green Revolution," which was responsible for outstanding yield increases in wheat and other major crops in the mid- 1900s, believes that this new mutant strain of stem rust is the most serious threat to wheat and barley crops in 50 years.
This would allow us to track the movement of these rusts worldwide and to immediately recognize types of rust new to this country," Szabo says.
Department of Defense--along with many previous years of research on rust taxonomy--enabled Szabo to develop the first detection test so quickly.
Until recently, plant pathologists could identify only one species of rust fungus attacking the leaves of both wheat and rye plants.
Now, ARS scientists studying leaf rust resistance in wheat have determined there are two distinct species: Puccinia recondita, which infects rye, and Puccinia triticina, which infects wheat.
Stavely says the risk of rust is worst in humid climates such as the Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and parts of the Midwest.
From 1971 to 1991, severe rust epidemics occurred in 10 states and for at least 5 years in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Department of Agriculture and similar agencies in the rest of North and South America decided to formally collaborate in tackling wheat rusts.
ARS, KARI, CIMMYT, and other organizations partner with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, an international effort to speed the development and delivery of new rust- and Ug99-resistant cultivars to affected small-grains farmers.
Orange-red rust will be collecting on the steel wool and falling off to the bottom of the jar.
Pathogens like the African stem rust fungus threatening wheat and barley worldwide can't survive Minnesota or Canadian winters, but microbes in Texas and the South and Mexico can survive and then spread by wind or other means back to Minnesota during the warm season when spring wheat is growing.
Only items that show signs of rust definitely contain iron.