Arkansas research receives a substantial grant to study rice blast

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The National Science Foundation awarded Martin Egan, assistant professor of plant pathology, USD 943,941 to aid research on Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungal pathogen that causes rice blast and one of the leading threats to world food security.

The long-term aim of the research program is to acquire further knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of the pathogen.

Rice blast leads to annual yield losses estimated to be large enough to feed an additional 60 million people for an entire year and is compounded by the emergence of fungicide resistance.

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