Next Generation Healthy Rice


The proposed project aims to develop new human capacity within the rice quality discipline and facilitate new strategic alliances through the evaluation of new rice varieties with enhanced health benefits. A study to determine the potential value of rice varieties with enhanced health benefits will be undertaken. Australian researchers will collaborate with Chinese researchers to evaluate newly developed germplasm with novel aleurone colours, larger germ and thicker aleurone layers. Quality parameters and health benefits of potential breeding lines will be evaluated and the best performing varieties will be used in crosses to generate new high value rice varieties.



Research Organisation

Charles Sturt University

Objective Summary

Conduct market intelligence to develop an understanding of the current consumer perception and likely future trends relating to the health benefits of rice. Evaluate the likely agronomic performance of novel international germplasm likely to deliver improved health benefits. Benchmark potential health benefits of imported varieties against existing germplasm grown under Australian conditions Make strategic crosses between international lines identified as providing improved health benefits with adapted varieties and conduct preliminary quality assessments Build human capacity in the rice quality discipline Build strategic collaborative groups within the rice industry

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Monday, June 15, 2015

Project Completion Date

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

RIC-Rice breeding - varieties and quality improvement