A SWEET solution to rice blight

Varshney, R K and Godwin, I D and Mohapatra, T and Jones, J D G and McCouch, S R (2019) A SWEET solution to rice blight. Nature Biotechnology (TSI), 37 (11). pp. 1280-1282. ISSN 1087-0156

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Bacterial blight is an important disease of rice that is particularly destructive in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, exacerbated by the heavy rains of the monsoon seasons. Estimated crop loss due to bacterial blight may be as high as 75%, with millions of hectares of rice affected annually. In this issue, an international team of researchers describes the use of CRISPR editing to generate rice plants that are broadly resistant to the main pathogen that causes rice blight, Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo)1. To enhance the durability and management of resistance, the team has also developed a kit to trace the disease, and its virulence and resistance alleles2.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rice, Plant Disease
Subjects: Others > Rice
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Plant Disease
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2020 11:40
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2020 11:40
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11485
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-019-0302-0
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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