Samples from Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, rice blast has been re-emerged as the most devastating disease of rice (Khan et al. 2014; Hossain et al. 2017). Recently, the most popular and mega rice varieties of rice developed by the BRRI such as BRRIdhan28 and BRRIdhan29 showed high susceptibility to blast (Annonymous 2011; Hossain et al. 2017). Yield losses due the blast was estimated up to 70%. Hossain and co-workers (2017) recently showed that yield losses caused by blast in hybrid variety Jhalak, BRRIdhan47, BRRIdhan29 and BRRIdhan28 were 69, 60, 40 and 20%, respectively.  Rice cultivation in Bangladesh is year-round. Highest blast incidence is occurred in Boro (November-June) and Aman (July-December) seasons. A wide variation in virulence was found in 267 identified races of rice blast fungus in Bangladesh (Khan et al. 2016). Just after one year of first wheat blast epidemic in South and South-Western Bangladesh, a severe outbreak of rice blast in the same districts and some other districts of Bangladesh poses a serious threat to the future food security of the country.

To rapidly determine the precise genetic identity and diversity in the rice blast fungus, we applied field pathogenomics, in which we performed transcriptome sequencing of symptomatic and asymptomatic leaf samples directly collected from infected rice fields of Bangladesh in 2017.

we collected samples from the several affected districts in Khulna division. Typical blast symptoms were observed in leaves, nodes, necks and spikes of rice plants.


Blast symptoms observed in the fields


Sequence data from the symptomatic leaf samples are shown in the table below.

RNA-Seq data from symptomatic leaf samples
Sample NameDate CollectedLocationRice VarietyCrop growth stageSeverity of attack (% leaf area infection)Raw Reads
RB-2-CH_S1April 16, 2017Sarojganj, Chuadanga BRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1 Reads_2
RB-3-CH_S2April 16, 2017Belgachi- Chuadanga BRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-4-CH_S3April 16, 2017Damurhuda- ChuadangaBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-6-CH_S4April 16, 2017Darsana, ChuadangaBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-7-JI_S5April 17, 2017Kaligonj-JhenaidahBRRI Dhan-50 (bashmoti)Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-9-JO_S6April 17, 2017Ovoynogor-JessoreBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-11-JO_S7April 17, 2017Noyapara- Ovoynogor-JessoreBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-12-KH_S8April 17, 2017Fultola -KhulnaBRRI Dhan-64Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-13-KH_S9April 17, 2017Fultola -KhulnaBRRI Dhan-50Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-14-KH_S10April 17, 2017Fultola -KhulnaBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-16-KU_S11April 17, 2017KustiaBRRI Dhan-63Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2
RB-17-AL_S12April 17, 2017Alamdanga, ChuadangaBRRI Dhan-28Field sampleN.D.Reads_1, Reads_2



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