Our Vision

Engineering Bacterial Blight Resistance in Rice

  

Rice is the staple food for half of the world's population. 90% of rice farmers are smallholders who produce rice for their own food security on farms that are smaller than 1 ha. At least half of the labour inputs for production, post-harvest and processing of rice in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa is contributed by women. Even small yield decreases can threaten the basic food security of these smallholder families. Crop yield is highly dependent on the healthy plants. Bacterial blight disease is one of the major biological constraints of rice production, because it causes up to 70% yield losses.

We exploit natural variation of both rice plants and Xanthomonas bacteria to deliver sustainable and durable resistance to bacterial blight for smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa.

 

undefinedWe aim to achieve significant yield increases for smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia by providing resistant rice varieties that can be introgressed with local elite lines.

To do so, we received a $US 6 million grant from the undefinedBill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop blight-resistant rice varieties in a consortium of universities and leading CGIAR centres. These resistant rice varieties will be available as a resource for rice breeders and smallholder farmers in developing countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer

Project Coordinator

Dr. Sarah M. Schmidt

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