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Development of genetic markers for blast resistance genes in rice (Oryza sativa L.) for use in marker assisted selection.


Rice blast is caused by the fungus Pyricularia grisea (syn : Magnaporthe grisea (Herbert) Barr), and is one of the most devastating diseases affecting rice. The potentially devastating economic impact resulting from blast infection has prompted worldwide efforts to product blast resistant rice varieties. The primary mechanism for resistance is through naturally occurring blast resistance genes.