Understanding broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice : prompting a genome-wide uprising
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Rice is the main staple food crop of the world, and thus, the detriments caused by rice diseases are a threat to international food security. The emergence of new virulent strains of pathogens can significantly reduce yields, and there are continual efforts to develop more resistant rice cultivars. Utilization of single R-genes is effective, but has proven inadequate due to rapid pathogen evolution. Thus, there is a need for breeding multigenic, broad-spectrum disease resistance in new varieties. This study aims to understand the aspects of basal resistance and its contribution to tolerance to ...