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Molecular Plant Pathology project page
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Primary responsibilities of the molecular plant pathology (MPP) team members are to identify emerging research frontiers, conceive new objectives, formulate innovative and interdisciplinary approaches, and execute research in order to help the U.S. rice industry remain competitive in the global marketplace by assuring pest resistance and stress tolerance. Presently, blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae, sheath blight disease caused by Rhizoctonia solani, bacterial panicle blight disease caused by Burkholderia glumae and false smut disease caused by Ustilaginoidea virens are the four significant constraints of rice production in the U.S. and worldwide.


Rice Blast (Magnaporthe oryzae)

Sheath Blight (Rhizoctonia solani)


Bacterial Panicle Blight (Burkholderia glumae)

False Smut (Ustilaginoidea virens)

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