Tag Archives: rice blast

Blast on the upswing in California

blast in a field

• By Luis Espino • I have been getting quite a few questions regarding blast, mostly from Glenn and Colusa counties. It seems that 2020 will be a year with significant blast pressure. Under California conditions, blast can be observed in fields before heading. This occurrence is referred to as leaf blast. Later, when panicles emerge, blast can infect the ... Read More »

Match fungal disease to best fungicide application timing

rice blast

• By Yeshi Wamishe and Jarrod Hardke • Drs. By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension rice pathologist, and Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist, provide the optimum fungicide timing window for various fungal diseases below. You also can download this information and more by clicking Blast: For neck and panicle blast, two applications may be required for maximum suppression with the first at ... Read More »

Researchers isolate previously unknown rice blast resistance

sampling for rice blast

A never-before-described gene that gives rice resistance to a disease that has been costing about $66 billion a year in global damage has been isolated by a team of scientists led by Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist Yulin Jia. Rice blast, caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae, results in annual yield losses large enough to have fed 60 billion people ... Read More »

Study could spawn better ways to combat rice blast

rice blast on Katy variety

Rutgers-led genome research finds fungal pathogen that causes rice disease became harmful 21 million years ago. About 21 million years ago, a fungus that causes a devastating rice disease first became harmful to the food that nourishes roughly half the world’s population, Read More »