Exploiting rice diversity to uncover durable and broad-spectrum resistance
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Rice is the staple food for human consumption and feeds over half the world's population. Major constraints towards a sustainable productivity of this cereal are losses caused by bacterial diseases, such as bacterial blight (BB) and bacterial leaf streak (BLS). Therefore, strategies aimed at increasing the global production of rice are essential. BB and BLS are caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pvs. oryzae (Xoo) and oryzicola (Xoc), respectively. This study aims to identify novel, broad-spectrum and durable sources of resistance to BB and BLS, and to pinpoint potential candidate genes for further ...