Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa [MICCORDEA Project]

Published on 28 April 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 1 January 2013

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The expression of plant resistance to blast and BLB is known to be climate-dependent. According to the IPCC East Africa is among the more vulnerable regions in Africa to climate change. The trend is towards increasing temperature and declining rainfall, factors that may intensify disease occurrence and severity. Disease occurrence may deter farmers from investing in intensification measures because of risks related to yield loss. The development of rice varieties that resist these diseases under current and future climates is, therefore, of great importance. This will require the evaluation of current pathogen population structures and the likely impact of climate change on the evolution of host-pathogen relationships.

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One Response to “Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa [MICCORDEA Project]”

  1. Sridhar R says:

    Are there concrete evidence to show that climate change affects resistance in rice to blast and bacterial blight? If so, has any link to resistance gene is established?

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