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Fresh Genetic Tool For Hybrid Rice

Rice along with wheat and maize are considered as the three main leading crops in the world. 1In combination they directly provide more than 50% of the total calories consumed by the whole human population.

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New Hybrid Rice Breeding

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Rice along with wheat and maize are considered as the three main leading crops in the world.

1. In combination they directly provide more than 50% of the total calories consumed by the whole human population. Among the three, rice contribute 21% of the global human per capita energy and 15% of per capita protein. Also, protein in rice is ranked high in nutritional quality than in cereals where protein content is modest. Other than protein, rice also consists of minerals, vitamins, and fiber, but during milling process all constituents except carbohydrate are reduced.

2. Adaptability of rice makes it a suitable crop for all most all climates. Rice is cultivated in all most all parts of the earth, except Antarctica. At present, rice has thousands of strains available in the market and it can be raised with other crops and food sources, therefore it is helpful in encouraging biodiversity.

Scientists from across the world are working hard to improve the quality and quantity of rice, and so are the scientist from U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). They have come up with the new tool that can improve the expression of desirable genes at specific parts of the rice plant where the results will do the most good.

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