Rice leaf blight

Caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae

About the bacterial leaf blight of rice

Bacterial leaf blight (BLB) of rice is caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. This is a devastative disease causing severe economic losses especially in Asia and in the western part of Africa. The bacterium usually enters plants through the hydathodes, moves in both directions (up and down) in the wessels and causes wilt of the plant. No effective treatments measures exist nowadays. For a more detailed description of the disease we can refer to IRRI’s knowledgebank (click on this text to open).

Latest news on BLB

Our new publication on XOO phages

We contributed to the scientific work, which was published recently in the Microbiology Resource Announcements, presentic the complete genome of ten newly isolated and characterized bacteriophages infecting Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), tha causative agent of...

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Presentation a scientific poster about XOO

We have presented a scientific poster at the 6th Xanthomonas Genomics Conference in Halle, Germany. Our poster provided information about comparative genomics of OP2-like bacteriophages. These bacteriophages can infect Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (XOO). XOO...

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