To conduct research to help the
1. Improved rice germplasm possessing high yield, superior grain quality, pest resistance and stress tolerance that can be used for the development of new cultivars grown by farmers.
2. Trait information on the diverse collection of rice accessions maintained by the National Germplasm Small Grains Collection useful to breeders and geneticists.
3. Seedstocks of genetic resources useful in genomic mapping studies and forward and reverse genetics research.
4. New knowledge in the areas of genomics, breeding, genetics, pathology, cereal chemistry, weed physiology, abiotic stress, and molecular biology.
Rice researchers, the