Drought Resistant Rice

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Photo credit to RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resources have developed a rice crop that can survive through droughts. It was in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as well as the Japanese International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). They used a gene from the Arabidopsis plant and when the gene was introduced to the rice, it produced more during drought than the regular crop. This isn’t merely a projection either, the rice was tested under different conditions in different years and the modified rice outperformed the regular rice. The drought tolerance of the plant was tested in Columbia during different seasons and locations to really test how well the crop can do. Through these tests they learned the the genetically modified rice not only produced more, but also had greater biomass, lower leaf rolling, and higher fertility. After this they tested the rice over 3 years in different locations with varying levels of drought which further proved that the yield of the modified rice was greater. This is a very important breakthrough because there are many countries that are going through droughts that could use this rice to help feed its people. This scientific breakthrough could also help with other plants because now scientists know how to modify plants to be drought resistant. This could help diversify many countries produce supplies which can give people access to food that can give them an array of vitamins that they often don’t get. This is great because not only can countries have a more reliable food source but they can also help boost the health of citizens.

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Source:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170404084436.htm

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