Detecting durable resistance to rice bacterial blight
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The productivity of rice, a staple crop worldwide, is limited by pathogens such as Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae (Xoo). Controlling yield loss to the resulting disease, bacterial blight, is most effective through growing genetically pathogen resistant rice varieties. However, widespread deployment of varieties containing single gene resistance to bacterial blight places an immense selection pressure on Xoo to evolve virulence. The major virulence factors employed by Xoo to drive infection are transcription activator like (TAL) effectors. TAL effectors are secreted into the host cells where they ...