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Findings from University of Agriculture Provides New Data about Biotechnology (Disease resistance in rice and the role of molecular breeding in...

July 9, 2014



Findings from University of Agriculture Provides New Data about Biotechnology (Disease resistance in rice and the role of molecular breeding in protecting rice crops against diseases)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- A new study on Technology is now available. According to news reporting originating in Peshawar, Pakistan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Rice diseases (bacterial, fungal, or viral) threaten food productivity. Host resistance is the most efficient, environmentally friendly method to cope with such diverse pathogens."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Agriculture, "Quantitative resistance conferred by quantitative trait loci (QTLs) is a valuable resource for rice disease resistance improvement. Although QTLs confer partial but durable resistance to many pathogen species in different crop plants, the molecular mechanisms of quantitative disease resistance remain mostly unknown. Quantitative resistance and non-host resistance are types of broad-spectrum resistance, which are mediated by resistance genes. Because R genes activate different resistance pathways, investigating the genetic spectrum of resistance may lead to minimal losses from harmful diseases. Genome studies can reveal interactions between different genes and their pathways and provide insight into gene functions."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Protein-protein interaction (proteomics) studies using molecular and bioinformatics tools may further enlighten our understanding of resistance phenomena."

For more information on this research see: Disease resistance in rice and the role of molecular breeding in protecting rice crops against diseases. Biotechnology Letters, 2014;36(7):1407-1420. Biotechnology Letters can be contacted at: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Springer - www.springer.com; Biotechnology Letters - www.springerlink.com/content/0141-5492/)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Fahad, Khyber Paktunkhwa Agr Univ, Dept. of Agron, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan. Additional authors for this research include L.X. Nie, F.A. Khan, Y.T. Chen, S. Hussain, C. Wu, D.L. Xiong, W. Jing, S. Saud, F.A. Khan, Y. Li, W. Wu, F. Khan, S. Hassan, A. Manan, A. Jan and J.L. Huang (see also Technology).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Peshawar, Pakistan, Technology

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