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Underground life for rice foe

We still have much to learn about the world's chief disease of rice — rice blast. That's clear from the finding that the culprit not only infects aerial plant tissues but can also invade roots like a typical root pathogen.

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Figure 1: Fungal targets.


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Valent, B. Underground life for rice foe. Nature 431, 516–517 (2004).

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