Wednesday, December 18, 2013

India: Top researchers in bacterial blight gather in ICBB 2013

The 4th International Conference on Bacterial Blight (ICBB) was held in Hyderabad, India (2-4 December 2013) and jointly organized by the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Directorate of Rice Research, and the Society for the Advancement of Rice Research. Leading researchers from different parts of the world got together during the 3-day conference to discuss the latest developments in molecular breeding, plant-pathogen interactions, and epidemiology of this important rice disease.

The bacterial blight working group seeks to (1) develop and standardize a common genotyping and phenotyping system, (2) build a well-curated bacterial germplasm collection,(3) engage in high-throughput pathogen monitoring solutions, and (4) support a rice microbiome partnership.

Participants from IRRI were Kshirod Jena, Casiana Vera Cruz, and Ricardo Oliva of the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division. During the conference, Dr. Jena talked about Stacking and molecular characterization of major genes toward broad-spectrum resistance to virulent bacterial blight pathogen in rice, whereas Dr. Vera Cruz presented on Understanding the origin of Xanthomonas oryzae and its eco-evo relatives using high-throughput genomics.

Held every three years, the 5th ICBB conference will take place at the International Rice Research Institute in 2016.

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