Rice cold tolerance for yield stability and water-use efficiency 2


This project aims to use recently established protocols for assessing cold tolerance in rice for accelerated breeding of adapted germplasm which will confer a 3 7 ºC improvement in cold tolerance. No less important is the objective of ensuring that cold tolerance is introgressed in backgrounds amenable to the obtainment of higher levels of cold tolerance in the 6 different quality classes of rice currently commercial grown. A further role, and one pivotal to achieving levels of cold tolerance necessary for water saving, will be to investigate associated gene/s or variation in gene expression exhibit in tolerant germplasm or that in novel genotypes.



Research Organisation

The Crown in right of the State of NSW acting through the Department of Primary Industries

Objective Summary

The project aims to use the recently developed cold air and cold water screening to accelerate the introgression of coldtolerance genes into adapted backgrounds and to advance the most promising selected lines for yield and quality testing within the NSW DPI Rice Breeding Program. A second area of interest is to test the hypothesis whether markeraided selection could accelerate introgression of cold tolerance in comparison to the conventional cold screening approach. The scope of the objectives also includes improving the coldtolerance levels for each of the 6 quality classes currently grown commercially, to improve onfarm profitability and enable the NSW Rice Industry to service existing and potential markets with a greater reliability. The longterm aim of the project is the attainment of a level of cold tolerance sufficient to allow the adoption of alternate irrigation strategies which would greatly improve the environmental sustainability of rice production in NSW. As this level of cold tolerance does not currently exist in current germplasm present in Australia, the potential of novel genotypes developed in Australia and overseas will be investigated as possible donor material to achieve this longterm aim.

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Project Start Date

Friday, October 10, 2008

Project Completion Date

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

RIC-Rice breeding - varieties and quality improvement