Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Nature news feature on rice genomics:
"Gene identification is one thing, but combining the genes as required is another," says Gurdev Khush, now at the University of California, Davis, and formerly of IRRI, where he developed 308 varieties of rice for release during his career. No matter how closely a gene is studied in the lab, it is down to the breeder to discover how it will function in different varieties, or when faced with environmental stresses such as drought and high salinity. "Most molecular biologists don't understand this," says Cantrell.
scidev.net will presumably make this freely accessible soon.

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