IMR Press / FBE / Volume 9 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.2741/E806

Frontiers in Bioscience-Elite (FBE) is published by IMR Press from Volume 13 Issue 2 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Frontiers in Bioscience.


The puzzle of bakanae disease through interactions between Fusarium fujikuroi and rice

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1 Centro di competenza per l’Innovazione in campo agro-ambientale (AGROINNOVA), Universita degli Studi di Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy
2 DISAFA, Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali ed Alimentari, Universita degli Studi di Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2017, 9(2), 333–344;
Published: 1 June 2017

Bakanae disease, one of the most noteworthy seedborne rice diseases, is caused by Fusarium fujikuroi, a member of the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex. The decreasing availability of chemical seed-dressing products over the last few years has raised the concerns of rice seed companies regarding bakanae disease. Therefore, new research trends require a deeper investigation into the main aspects of bakanae disease through interactions between rice and F. fujikuroi, in order to find new resistant or tolerant cultivars and alternative bakanae disease control strategies, as well as to develop more sensitive molecular diagnostic techniques. Here, some new aspects of F. fujikuroi epidemiology and pathogenicity, as well as its interactions with rice, are reported, and recent approaches applied to control bakanae disease are summarized.

Bakanae Disease
Seedborne Fungus
Fusarium Fujikuroi
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