Newly-discovered rice gene goes to the root of drought resistance

6 August, 2013 by (comments)

Crop Scientists have discovered a gene in rice that could significantly improve its resistance to drought, according to new research. The DEEPER ROOTING 1 (DRO1) gene makes the roots of rice plants grow downwards instead of outwards, enabling them to reach water held deeper in the soil. It means that even under conditions of extreme water stress, the plantsRead More …

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Efforts intensify to decode cassava “alphabet soup”

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

Imagine having to write a story, using a pile of several billion letters. First the letters have to be arranged into words, the words into sentences and paragraphs to produce a coherent, accurate chapter. There are 18,000 chapters in each book, and 5,000 books make the full story. The story is the complete genetic history of cassava. Making biologicalRead More …

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CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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