1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop high-yielding low phytic acid basmati rice in Pakistan.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Alleles which impart the low phytic acid trait in rice will be isolated from mutagenized populations of Pakistani rices. Using conventional methods, these will be used to breed high yielding low phytic acid rices for production in Pakistan.
This work contributes to National Program 301, Component 2, Crop Informatics, Genomics and Genetic Analyses, Problem 2C, Genetic Analyses and Mapping of Important Traits. The traits in question concern the nutritional quality of seed crops. The parent project focuses on the genetics of plant and seed phosphorus and phytic acid. Both the total amount of phosphorus and its chemistry are critically important to the end-use quality of grain and legume crops. There has been little communication of progress or activity in this project year. Communication between cooperators on this project is via the internet and e-mail communication. This project is a work in progress, with the primary final outcome, a Pakistani-adapted, Pakistani produced, high-yielding low-phytate Basmati rice, at least two years away. To date, field performance of promising lines have been evaluated. The current focus of this project is selection and evaluation of lines with improved field performance. At present a new round of funding and support from the 2013 Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program is in preparation.