Submitted to: International Plant and Animal Genome IX Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/13/2001
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. The four major areas of research are yield, grain quality, pest resistance, and stress tolerance. The major emphasis at the DB NRRC is on genetic improvement, ranging from conventional genetics and germplasm evaluation to rice genomics. In order to facilitate genomics- based approaches to rice improvement, an initiative has been established with three key areas: 1) gene discovery and expression profiling, 2) germplasm genotyping and phenotypic evaluation, and 3) population development and functional analysis. The current status of each of these areas and the availability of the resulting plant and molecular resources are described.