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Naturally occurring protein discovered which boosts rice yield by 50%

In collaboration with researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University, Dr Tony Miller from the John Innes Centre has developed rice crops with an improved ability to manage their own pH levels, enabling them to take up significantly more nitrogen, iron and phosphorous from soil and increase yield by up to 54 percent. Rice is a major crop, feeding almost 50 percent of the world’s...
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TGAC leads scheme to reduce threat to Vietnam's rice crop

As part of the  Newton Fund ,  The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)  has been awarded over £50,000 by The British Council to develop advanced bioinformatics capabilities for next-generation rice genomics in Vietnam to aid precision breeding for improvement of this staple crop by exploring 48 local rice varieties. As the second-largest global exporter, rice is the most...
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Unlocking the rice immune system

A bacterial signal that when recognized by rice plants enables the plants to resist a devastating blight disease has been identified by a multi-national team of researchers led by scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the University of California (UC) Davis. The research team discovered that a tyrosine-sulfated bacterial protein called...
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Researchers use genomic prediction to model performance of hybrid rice

Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits tend to be, and can be performed early in the life cycle of the plant, helping reduce costs. Now a research team led by plant geneticists...
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Unravelling the genetic code of different rice varieties

BBSRC funded scientists at the Genome Analysis Centre are helping to unravel the genetic code of different rice varieties as part of a joint Vietnam-United Kingdom project. Following the successful genome sequencing of 36 lines of native Vietnamese rice, the second phase of the project to characterise the genetic diversity of these 36 varieties of rice was launched on 28 August in Hanoi. ...
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Using genetics to biofortify rice

Scientists from the US Agricultural Research Service and their collaborators are focusing on the genes in rice that regulate the uptake and storage of important minerals, in the hope of improving the nutritional value of important crop which acts as a staple food for approximately half the world’s population. Biofortifying rice through plant breeding methods could result in...
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