The official Website of the International Rice Blast Genome Consortium

The consortium was formed as a result of a grassroots effort on the part of international scientists concerned with the threat of Magnaporthe grisea, the causal agent of rice blast, to the world's food supply. Crop losses have been magnified in recent times with the intensification of rice production.  Genetic resistance has been and continues to be the major means of disease control for blast. However, as with many diseases, M. grisea is able to evolve rapidly and overcome major gene resistance.  The goal of the consortium is to develop genomic resources for understanding fungal-host interactions, and to develop durable, environmentally sound strategies to manage rice blast disease.


The entire draft genome of Magnaporthe grisea has been sequenced and released in collaboration with Ralph Dean's Fungal Genomics Laboratory, NCSU and the Whitehead Institute.


The data is available for blast searching at FGL and can be downloaded from the Whitehead Institute.


GenomeWeb Article: Whitehead Completes, Posts Rice Fungus Genome


Rice Blast Functional Genomics Project

Meeting Report. -1st International Workshop on Magnaporthe Pathogenicity and Genomics. 


International Rice Blast Project Statement of Intent


Current Projects




Jobs at RiceBlast org


Fungal genomes available for blasting at the Whitehead Institute include

Magnaporthe grisea and Neurospora crassa


MagnaportheDB : An integrated resource for physical and genetic mapping of the rice blast fungus. 


Archive of the RiceBlastDB



Fungal Genomics Laboratory - North Carolina State University