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Rice bakanae disease (429) Print Fact Sheet


Common Name

Bakanae disease of rice; also know as Fool’s rice. Bakanae is from the Japanese for "foolish seedling". On maize it is known as maize Fusarium kernel rot (see Fact Sheet no. 224).

Scientific Name

Gibberella fujikuroi. The asexual state is Fusarium moniliforme. There are three mating groups.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information (and Photo 2) from Bakanae. Rice Knowledge Bank. IRRI. (; and CABI (2018) Gibberella fjikuroi (bakanae disease of rice) Crop Protection Compendium. (; Bakanae. Department of Primary Industries, NSW Government, Australia. (; and from Graham KM (1971) Plant diseases of Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London. Photo 1&3 O.P. Sharma, NCIPM, New Delhi. India,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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