There is presently a need to develop alternatives to the widely used Wild Abortive male sterility system to facilitate the use of hybrid rice technology in India. In this project, putative alloplasmic lines have been produced by a robust protoplast fusion procedure employing the fragrant Indian rice cultivar Pusa Basmati 1 with O. granulata. This material will be sent to the Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad, India and the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack for evaluation and the development of new genotypes of hybrid rice with novel cytoplasms. This germplasm will contribute significantly towards the development and uptake of hybrid rice in India.
India: Cytoplasmic diversification for hybrid rice improvement. Phase II. Final Technical Report.