Belowground Defence Strategies Against Rhizoctonia

Brendan N. Kidd, Kathleen DeBoer, Karam B. Singh, Jonathan P. Anderson

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Rhizoctonia solani is a species complex of soilborne fungi that are known for their ability to infect a broad range of plant species. Notoriously, isolates of R. solani cause bare-patch and sheath blight diseases on wheat and rice, respectively, and therefore jeopardise global production of these two major cereals. One of the pressing problems in combating R. solani is the lack of strong genetic resistance despite broad germplasm screening programmes. In order to determine future approaches for improving resistance, this chapter summarises the current research into R. solani pathosystems and the types of control strategies that have been employed to protect plants against this disease. Opportunities and challenges for improving resistance to this pathogen will also be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBelowground Defence Strategies in Plants
EditorsKemal Kazan, Christine Vos
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42319-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42317-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSignaling and Communication in Plants
ISSN (Print)1867-9048


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