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Drought tolerant, high yield rice culture developed
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), has developed a new drought tolerant rice culture that is capable of yielding 3.7 tonnes per hectare and suitable for rainfed areas of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts of Tamil Nadu.

This culture has been developed by combining conventional and molecular breeding methods following a novel participatory research approach by involving farmers, Dr T S Raveendran, Director, Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, TNAU, said.

Addressing the concluding session of a three-day annual research meet on rice here last evening, he said a new 'seed fortification' technology has been developed for value added seeds in rice, capable of increasing germination and vigour.

There was a need to develop 'super hybrid rice' with higher yield potential, transgenic rice with resistance to 'rice tung ro virus disease,' and new rice cultivars for 'idly' making.

Dr S Natarajan, Director, Centre for Soil and Crop Management Studies, suggested the need to pursue research on using drip fertigation technology for hybrid rice cultivation and developing organic rice farming practices.

Dr R Samiyappan, Director, Centre for Plant Protection Studies said that 'super psuedomonas' has been developed by TNAU, which is capable of giving enhanced protection against pests and is currently undergoing trials in farmers fields.

About 150 scientists involved in rice research attended the meet in order to assess the status of rice research and to finalise an action plan for the coming year.
MGR Archive 6.5.2007
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