This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R7778: Rice sheath blight complex caused by
Rhizoctonia species: pathogen epidemiology and management strategies and
R8446: Validation & promotion of rice ShB management.
Farmers in Bangladesh now have ways to lessen the damage that sheath
blight can do to their rice crops. Sheath blight is a serious disease
and difficult to detect. Due to better methods of detection, improved
varieties of rice that are more resistant to blight (but still have good
eating and cooking qualities), and simple biological control methods,
farmers in the Comilla, Gazipur, Bogra and Rajshahi districts are
already reaping better rice harvests. Agricultural organisations in
Bangladesh use the new molecular techniques to detect rice sheath blight
and develop better varieties. This will help combat the disease and make
a major contribution to raising the country's food production by a
quarter within five years—an important government goal.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP59, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 33.