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New eco-friendly technique protects rice plants against devastating fungal infection

Phys.Org
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-eco-friendly-technique-rice-devastating-fungal.html

by Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Researchers have developed a new technique to protect rice seeds against fungal infections that can ruin up to half of all rice crops in the world. The biocontrol method, which involves inoculation of flowers with a different fungus that doesn't cause disease and using seeds harvested from the flower to grow crops, is even better at protecting rice plants from diseases than existing fungicide approaches, and could also be used against similar pathogens that affect other staple crops.

The extremely destructive seedborne bakanae disease, which affects rice plants everywhere in the world that the staple crop is grown, is currently typically combatted with either chemical fungicides or by hot-water treatment of seeds, all of which face growing challenges to their effectiveness.

Read on: https://phys.org/news/2021-02-eco-friendly-technique-rice-devastating-fungal.html
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