Researchers from the Indian Council of Agricultural-Indian Institute of Rice Research and Telangana State Agricultural University have identified genes that help aerobic rice adapt to water-scarce conditions. The genes were classified into three types: transcription factor genes responsible for producing proteins; transporters genes that made specific proteins that help in the movement of glucose and other nutrients into the plant cells; and root trait-associated genes that determine root length and depth.
These genes could lead to genetic improvement of rice and other important crops to cope with water scarcity, according to the researchers.
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