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Sep 3, 2010

China - Scientists Complete Wild Rice Genome Map

On 3 September 2010, ISAAA's Crop Biotech Update reported that Chinese scientists had successfully completed the first wild rice genome sequencing project.  Principal investigator on the research team was professor Gao Lizhi at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

This genome mapping project demonstrated that "common wild rice genome had nearly 370 million base pairs and contained about 40,000 genes."  This works will "promote the large-scale analysis and identification of important functional rice genes. ... It will also boost the improvement of rice varieties and germplasm and make it possible for an in-depth understanding of the origin and acclimation mechanisms of cultivated rice in Asia."

 "Chinese Scientists Complete Genome Framework Map of Common Wild Rice," Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA, 3 September 2010.

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