|Indian farmer with Swarna Sub 1A |
Flood Tolerant Rice
photo courtesy of IRRI
According to Dr. Umesh Singh, senior scientist at IRRI, his organization has been assisting “government agencies and private seed companies to multiply and distribute seeds to farmers at a faster pace.” IRRI has a 50 year history of collaborating with the government of India and was one of the organizations originally involved in the First Green Revolution that began in India in the 1970s.
Swarna-Sub 1 flood tolerant “scuba rice” has been gene modified to incorporate the SUB1 gene into the well known and popular Indian Swarna rice variety. It can withstand flooding up to 17 days. This variety is also high yielding, producing an estimated one ton per hectare under flood conditions.
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