Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO

Crop Disease Research Group

Infectious pathogenic micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi cause diseases in plants. On the other hand, plants are known to overcome pathogen infection through various defense systems such as induction of defense-related genes. These defense-related genes have been employed for breeding disease resistance crop cultivars. We are engaged in the development of new agrochemicals using plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria or plant activators. We elucidate the molecular mechanism of offense and defense in host-pathogen interactions and aim to develop sustainable, eco-friendly techniques for crop disease control.