Scientists May Have Saved Millions Of People From Going Hungry Worldwide!

 

 I happen to love rice. So, I’m happy we live in a country where you can go to the corner store & buy a sack of rice! And I’m especially glad that U.C. Davis professor,Pamela Ronald, & her colleagues have discovered a way to make rice flood-resistant. Rice is a part of the majority of the world’s diet which makes this an important discovery. Here’s more from CNN:

“If every scientist hopes to make at least one important discovery in her career, then University of California-Davis professor Pamela Ronald and her colleagues may have hit the jackpot.If every scientist hopes to make at least one important discovery in her career, then University of California-Davis professor Pamela Ronald and her colleagues may have hit the jackpot.

Normal rice dies after three days of complete flooding. Researchers know of at least one rice variety that can tolerate flooding for longer periods, but conventional breeding failed to create a strain that was acceptable to farmers.

So Ronald and her colleagues — David Mackill, senior scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and Julia Bailey-Serres, professor of genetics at the University of California-Riverside — spent the last decade working to find a rice strain that could survive flooding for longer periods.

Mackill identified a flood-resistant gene 13 years ago in a low-yielding traditional Indian rice variety. He passed along the information to Ronald, who isolated the gene, called Sub1, and introduced it into normal rice varieties, generating rice that could withstand being submerged in water for 17 days.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/01/29/waterproof.rice/index.html

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