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Rice blast disease, caused by Magnaporthe oryzae, remains one of the most destructive rice diseases worldwide. In the three years since the 4th International Rice Blast Conference (IRBC) was held in Changsha, Hunan, China, rapid progress has been made in a wide range of research topics on the biology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions, resistance, and disease management. On behalf of the 5th IRBC organizing committee, we cordially invite you to attend this exciting meeting.

2010 topics include:

  • Pathogen genomics and functional genomics
  • Pathogenesis and interaction with host-pathogen effectors
  • Host signaling and defense responses
  • Structural and functional analysis of resistance genes
  • Molecular and cellular biology of the pathogen
  • Genetic diversity of the pathogen, evolution and adaptation
  • Breeding for resistance using marker assisted selection
  • Breeding for durable resistance
  • Disease management strategies
  • Epidemiology and disease evaluation and monitoring programs

Click here for a copy of the Conference Program and Proceedings

If your presentation was not listed in the program and proceedings it has been assigned to the poster presentation by the organizing committee.

Click here for a list of the Poster Presentations

Click here for the 5th International Rice Blast Conference Poster

Call for Papers

Registration Deadline: May 28, 2010

Abstract Submission Deadline: June, 30, 2010   Note: Indicate the intention of the abstract, i.e. for presentation or for poster. Due to time constraints of the conference, some abstracts may not be presented as oral presentations - you will be notified of the decision shortly after the deadline.

Dimensions for the 5th IRBC posters must not exceed 46" wide x 46" long.

Abstract Competition: First Prize $300, Second Prize $200, Third Prize $100.

Note: Abstract competition is only for graduate students and postdoctoral research associates who will attend the 5th IRBC. Only one award can be given to any single lab if multiple abstracts are submitted from this lab.

Abstract competition chairperson: Tom Mitchell


For registration please contact Yulin Jia at or Jim Correll at

Registration Fees are $300, $400 after May 28, 2010; Fees for graduate students from individual labs are as follows: 1 Student - $300, 2 Students - $500, 3 Students - $600, Each additional student over 3 is $100.

Click here for a list of registered participants as of June 23, 2010.  

Conference fee includes breakfast each day and the banquet on August 14, 2010.

Conference Reception and Award Ceremony will be held at the                   William J. Clinton Presidential Library.


The conference will take place at the Peabody Hotel situated on The River Market, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Little Rock is the capital of the state of Arkansas. Arkansas produces 50% of the US rice crop. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference (single $149, double $149, triple $159, quad $169). Click on the "Peabody Hotel" link above and once you get to their website then click on Reservations. Scroll down on the left side of the screen and enter 327580 in the "Group Number" box, click on Submit. The group's information should now appear and allow you to make a reservation at the group rates. Make your reservations by June 30, 2010 to secure these rates.


Local transportation and maps:

Please note: Foreign currency exchange is not available in the Little Rock airport.

Cost for a taxicab from the airport to the Peabody Hotel is approximately $25.

Click here for transportation information

Click here for a map from the airport to the hotel

Click here for a map of the downtown area

Lifetime Dedication to Rice Blast Research Award

For Award nomination send the following documents to Barbara Valent, (Awards Nomination Chairperson). Deadline is June 30, 2010

  1. Nomination letter (up to 2 pages)
  2. Draft executive summary to be read at the awards ceremony (includes the most important accomplishments and impacts). See examples, section XV, in "Advances in Genetics, Genomics and Control of Rice Blast Disease", published from the 2007 meeting in Changsha, Hunan, China.
  3. A Complete up-to-date CV

For conference questions or concerns please contact Yulin Jia: Email or 1-870-672-9300 x229

Link to the American Phytopathological Society (APS) 2010 Annual Meeting

Robert Zeigler   International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippines
Jan Leach   Colorado State University, USA
Ralph Dean   North Carolina State University, USA
Barbara Valent   Kansas State University, USA
Yulin Jia   USDA Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, USA
Program Committee
International Organizing Committee
Barbara Valent   Kansas State University, USA
Guoliang Wang   Ohio State University, USA
Yinong Yang   Pennsylvania State University, USA
Ralph Dean   North Carolina, USA
Jing-Rong Xu   Purdue University, USA
Mark Farman   University of Kentucky, USA
Nick Talbot   University of Exeter, UK
Ane Sesma   John Innes Centre, UK
Yong-Hwan Lee   Seoul National University, South Korea
Didier Tharreau   CIRAD-CA, France
Robert Zeigler   International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippines
Yunliang Peng   Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Qinghua Pan   South China Agricultural University, China
Yukio Tosa   Kobe University, Japan
Gloria Mosquera   International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
Youliang Peng   China Agricultural University, China
Naweed I. Naqvi   Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Local Committee
Yulin Jia   (Chairman)
James Correll   (co Chair), University of Arkansas (UA)
Fleet Lee   (UA)
Rick Cartwright   (UA)
Chris Deren   (UA)
Anna McClung   (USDA-ARS)
Bob Fjellstrom   (USDA-ARS)
Field Tour Committee
Fleet Lee   (Chairman)
Rick Cartwright    
Chris Deren    
Anna McClung    

Last Modified: 8/9/2010
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