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Genetically engineering rice: New breeds resistant to diseases and pests
Even though the rice genome information in the project is based on Japanese rice, she said the genome information could also be adapted to other species including jasmine rice, as the DNA structures of individual rice species do not vary greatly.

The centre has studied sequence data from the project to develop a new breed of rice that can resist flooding, a major problem for rice farmers as it causes damage and loss of productivity.

Morakot said the new breed has already been tested in many provinces and the result was satisfactory. “We found that our new breed can resist flooding well. It offers higher productivity at 303 kilograms per rai, compared to the old breed that provides only 50 kilograms per rai,” she said.

In addition to flood tolerance, the centre has also developed two other breeds of jasmine rice.

They can resist bacterial leaf blight and leaf blast disease, which are major threats.

The director said the two breeds were also being tested. However, to further improve jasmine rice, the team is now working to combine three key traits - resistance to drought, bacterial leaf blight, and leaf blast disease - into one breed so the new breed could tolerate every situation. The project is likely to move into field trials next year.
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