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UC Riverside rice geneticist receives high honor from US Department of Agriculture
Date:12/1/2008

t expertise to the project.

"Dave Mackill recognized rice plants with exceptional submergence tolerance and sought the rice chromosome and region that carried the trait. Pamela Ronald had experience in fine mapping chromosome regions and hunting down genes using plant transformation technology. Takeshi Fukao and I provided expertise on flooding biology and gene regulation that led to the realization that the submergence tolerant trait includes a cluster of related genes."

For Bailey-Serres and Ronald, observing the robustness of the new submergence tolerant rice in farmers' fields in Bangladesh and India in November 2008 was an extraordinary experience. A farmer's wife told them she was very happy to see the new rice growing even though the plants had been underwater for 15 days.

"She and the other women of the family would not have to replant the field," Bailey-Serres said. "There would be rice now when otherwise there may have been none."


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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