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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2017, Vol. 16 Issue (12): 2746-2760    DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(17)61746-5
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The arms race between Magnaporthe oryzae and rice: Diversity and interaction of Avr and R genes
WANG Bao-hua1, Daniel J. Ebbole2, WANG Zong-hua1, 3
1 College of Plant Protection/Fujian University Key Laboratory for Plant-Microbe Interaction, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, P.R.China
2 Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843-2132, USA
3 Ocean Institute, Minjiang University, Fuzhou 350108, P.R.China
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Abstract  Rice blast disease, caused by Magnaporthe oryzae, threatens global food security.  The rice blast pathosystem is a longstanding model system for understanding plant-microbe interactions.  In order to elucidate the coevolution of the host and pathogen, and provide the appropriate methods for preventing or controlling rice blast disease, researchers have focused on the evolution of virulence factors and resistance genes.  Thus far, more than 30 rice blast resistance (R) genes and 12 avirulence (Avr) genes have been cloned.  This review summarizes the cloned rice blast R genes, cloned Avr genes of M. oryzae and the interaction between them.  This discussion also considers some of the major unanswered questions concerning this pathosystem and the opportunities for future investigations.
Keywords:  rice        Maganporthe oryzae        resistance gene        avirulence gene        co-evolution        genetic diversity  
Received: 18 May 2017   Accepted: 08 December 2017

We would like to thank the support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (U1405212), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFD0300707), the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China (2017J01618) and the 100 Talent Project from Fujian Province to Dr. Daniel J. Ebbole (Texas A&M University, USA).

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WANG Bao-hua, Daniel J. Ebbole, WANG Zong-hua. 2017. The arms race between Magnaporthe oryzae and rice: Diversity and interaction of Avr and R genes. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 16(12): 2746-2760.

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