Date Funded: 2004
Amount: $5 million
Duration: 4 years
Objective: Improve rice crops by sequencing the rice genome; build a community of researchers and extension agents to explore the uses and applications of the genetic map; and educate the public on the benefits of applying the genome information to improve agricultural crops.
Why? Rice is the primary food source for much of the world and an important component of U.S. agriculture. Investing in research that can improve yields and the nutritional level of rice will take society one step closer to ending famine in the developing world and open new opportunities for America's rice industry.
Impact: The International Rice Genome Sequencing Project completed a draft sequence of the rice genome, a key resource in improving the nutritional quality and productivity of rice. The map-based sequence led to the identification of genes responsible for important traits that affect growth and promote higher yields. An increase in yields will help feed an expanding world population at a time of increasing restraints on agriculture.
Participants: University of Arkansas, lead institution
California Rice Research Foundation
Colorado State University
International Rice Research Institute (The Philippines)
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
Mississippi State University
Noble Foundation in Oklahoma
Ohio State University
Texas A&M University
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of Florida
University of Missouri
University of Wisconsin
USDA Agricultural Research Service