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Transformative Strategy for Controlling Rice Disease in Developing Countries

Healthy Crops - Our Vision is to Engineer Bacterial Blight Resistance in Rice


Welcome to the Healthy Crops Project

The Healthy Crops Project "Transformative Strategy for Controlling Rice Disease in Developing Countries" is an international research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The aim of the project is to achieve significant yield increases for small scale producers in Africa and Asia by providing disease resistant rice varieties that can be introgressed with local elite lines.

To reach our goals we developed a strategy to combat “bacterial leaf blight” (BLB), one of the most devastating rice diseases with a significant impact on small scale producers in low and middle-income countries.

The international research consortium consists of scientists from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Germany, the Universities of Florida and Missouri and the Danforth Plant Science Center in the USA, CIAT in Colombia, IRD in France, IRRI in the Philippines and in Kenya, and ICAR institutes from India.

The team has already successfully generated BLB-resistant rice lines and created a diagnostic toolbox that enables a rapid disease diagnosis of the newly occurring pathogenic bacterial strains (both published in Nature Biotechnology in 2019).

Due to the international interconnectedness of our institution, all pages on this website are in English only.

Principal Investigator

Wolf B. Frommer
Alexander von Humboldt Professor

Projektkoordinator

Dr. Marcel Buchholzer


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