Int'l Scientists Study Genetic Diversity of Rice to Up Output

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A team of international scientists gathered in the country to study the genetic diversity of rice that will help conserve it and at the same time find valuable genes that will improve rice production.Philippine-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that by looking at what different types of rice have in common, their valuable genetic diversity can be used to breed new rice varieties that will provide the foundation for improving rice production in the future and securing global food supplies.Recently published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) are the findings of the research team, which scrutinized the genomes of 20 different types of genetically diverse rice used in international breeding.The research was done in collaboration with Colorado State University, Michigan State University, Perlegen Sciences, Inc., McGill University, the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, and Cornell University with support from a consortium of institutions and donors including the Generation Challenge Program, and United States Department of Agriculture.“We are hunting for snippets of DNA, called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs, that distinguish the rice,” Dr. …