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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and rice is one of my go-tos for weeknight meals — I love the one-pot convenience. When I saw that Elise had written a savory, creamy chicken casserole recipe made with mushrooms, sherry, and sour cream, I immediately thought of adapting it to the pressure cooker. Continue reading “Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole” » … Read the referenced recipe here: Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Chicken Fried Rice

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to days when my mother made fried rice for dinner. Like most Asian families, we ate regular plain rice almost every day with dinner, so any time my mother felt inspired to change up our dinner routine felt like a treat to me! Continue reading “Chicken Fried Rice” » … Read the referenced recipe here: Chicken Fried Rice

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[Perspective] Durable resistance to rice blast

The blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae) destroys rice crops worldwide (see the photo) (1) and now threatens global wheat production as well. Wheat blast disease has been spreading in South America since 1985, and last year it devastated wheat crops in Bangladesh (2, 3). Incorporation of resistance (R) genes into rice presents an effective, economical, and environmentally sound way to control blast (4). However, it takes years to move an R gene into a rice variety, whereas the highly variable fungus can overcome the R gene effects within 2…

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[Report] Epigenetic regulation of antagonistic receptors confers rice blast resistance with yield balance

Crop breeding aims to balance disease resistance with yield; however, single resistance (R) genes can lead to resistance breakdown, and R gene pyramiding may affect growth fitness. Here we report that the rice Pigm locus contains a cluster of genes encoding nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) receptors that confer durable resistance to the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae without yield penalty. Among these NLR receptors, PigmR confers broad-spectrum resistance, whereas PigmS competitively attenuates PigmR homodimerization to suppress resistance. PigmS expression, and thus PigmR-mediated resistance, are subjected to tight epigenetic regulation. PigmS increases seed…

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