Battling rice blast disease with underground microbes

Rice is the most important grain consumed by humans, providing more than one-fifth of the calories sustaining the world's population. By some estimates, however, global production of rice could feed an additional 60 million ...

Study uncovers rice blast infection mechanism

Scientists at the University of Exeter have made a new discovery that they hope might lead to effective control of rice blast disease. Rice blast is the most serious disease of cultivated rice and affects all the rice-growing ...

Discovery could pave the way for disease-resistant rice crops

Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the evolutionary arms race against rice blast disease, a major threat to rice production around the world.