Submitted to: Rice Technical Working Group Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 27, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The mission of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center (DB NRRC) is to conduct research to help keep the U.S. rice industry competitive in the global marketplace by assuring high yields, superior grain quality, pest resistance, and stress tolerance. In support of this mission, a Rice Genomic Resources Program has been instituted at the DB NRRC. Over the past decade or so, a wealth of information concerning the rice genome has been generated in the U.S. and abroad. From the development of the first molecular genetic markers and maps, genome analysis or genomics has expanded to the partial sequencing of genes (i.e., expressed sequence tags - ESTs), the construction of physical maps, and the sequencing of the entire rice genome, a feat that should be accomplished within the next decade. These activities have generated a vast (and growing) amount of information that may be used to address the genetic bases of biologically and agriculturally important processes in rice and other grass species. The current challenge lies in the development and application of strategies that utilize genomic information in order to determine gene function (i.e., functional genomics), as a first step in applying genomics to agricultural production issues. The DB NRRC Rice Genomic Resources Program has been instituted in recognition of the great potential of genome analysis to address the issues such as yield, grain quality, pest resistance, and stress tolerance. The two main objectives of the initiative are 1) to develop the tools and resources needed for rice functional genomics, and 2) to apply functional genomics to agriculturally important issues in U.S. rice production. An overview of the DB NRRC's efforts in genomics will be presented and our current capabilities will be discussed.