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[BBC] - Flood-resistant rice 'also has drought-proof trait'

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A gene that increases a rice plant's resistance to floods also boosts its ability to recover from droughts, a study has shown.

Researchers found that the gene, Sub1A, allowed to plants to survive by growing fresh shoots after a period of drought.

Rice is the primary food for three billion people, and more than 25% the world's harvest is grown in areas that experience extreme weather conditions.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12636902

Always good to see a development in the field of food security after an especially bad year of crop losses/failures.
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post #2 of 15
Wonder how long it'll take to get this from the lab and test fields to where it needs to go expansively.

I live in Thailand and there's a bit of a drought going on as we speak.
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It'll probably get patented by some non-flood resistant rice manufacturer and never leave the labs.
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Very interesting! Perhaps in the future we can also stack polygenic disease resistance to rice blast fungus with a SUB1A transgenic rice plant.
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1. Company patents the gene.
2. People won't be able to even grow the original strain they have been using for thousands of years without the permission of the company.
3. Company profits because people buy it or starve.

When this happens it doesn't make sense to me. It seems like the people that selectively bred the plant for so long would have the right to it, not some suit that comes along and says, "They did good work. Let's patent it and sell it back to them."
Edited by kaxel - 3/4/11 at 6:40am
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Originally Posted by Kand View Post
It'll probably get patented by some non-flood resistant rice manufacturer and never leave the labs.
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Gmo Corn has pesticides growing in it...
and you consume it....

Profit > health

I cant wait to see the effects of all this non organic food 60 years from now
Iam sure cancer will be up by 500-1000%

Just like last decade

Stupid trolls
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At some point it seems we will need to make the a decision on GM foods - people starving or the US holding the world to ransom over food supplies. Wars have been caused over food shortages!
    
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This was on the History channel a few days ago. Modern Marvels: Rice

Yes... i watched a documentary on rice... History Channel FTW
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post #10 of 15
mmmm I love rice.
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