As per sources from the government website, it has been stated that the researchers from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have adapted the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technique to detect viruses in rice plants. This LAMP tool earlier has also been found proven useful in detecting viruses in animals and humans too. According to the findings, it has been observed that this LAMP technique can be used to detect the rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV), rice ragged stunt virus (RRSV) and the rice dwarf virus (RDV) in rice plants even before the common symptoms are noticed, as it has been revealed by the lead researcher of the adaptation technique.
Further, through this application, major rice virus diseases and insect vectors can also be diagnosed in fast, efficient, and in an accurate manners. In this investigation, it has been noted that the existing rice virus detection tools have difficulties in detecting viruses that are of low titer (strength of a substance’s solution) aside from being arduous and time consuming. However, this early virus detection tool is quite useful for pest control and leads to reliable and prompt results. In addition, it also provides to lead to proactive solutions to prevent viral disease epidemic well in time as it was revealed.