Magnaporthe Grisea = “rice blast”

Koshihikari is the most common type of rice grown in Japan, it was crested in the 1950’s in Japan. The rice pictured below is organically cultivated, taking first place in a competition including 500 growers. I was lucky to get 7 kilos which doesn’t last very long considering we have rice everyday.

Lucky to get rice, yes, rice is susceptible to a serious disease named “Rice Blast” concerning rice crops all over the globe. It has been found in over 85 countries and reached the United States in 1990’s. Every year the amount of crops lost to rice blast could feed 60 million people, this disease persists wherever rice is grown and has yet to be eradicated.