‘Waterproofing’ gene may also protect rice from droughts

SciDev.Net: Lab tests show that the same gene might help rice survive flooding and droughts Farmers facing extreme weather conditions associated with climate change could benefit from the finding that a gene that 'waterproofs' rice plants also appears to protect them from drought. The Sub1a gene, which naturally occurs in some low-yielding varieties in India, was discovered in the 1990s at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in the Philippines. Subsequent research showed that the gene bred......

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