A japonica rice cultivar from Africa, known to exhibit durable resistance to rice blast in Asia, was crossed to the popular upland cultivar Vandana, following the advanced backcross QTL approach. Field performance of advanced BC lines in India and the Philippines indicated that the major QTLs have been captured in the BC lines.
Carrillo, G.; Wu, J.; Liu, B.; Oña, I.; Sugiyama, N.; Variar, M.; Courtois, B.; Leach, J.; Goodwin, P.; Leung, H.; Vera Cruz, C. In silico and molecular approaches for associating candidate defense genes with quantitative resistance to rice blast. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, 30 July - 3 August 2005, Austin TX, USA. (2005) 1 pp.