New rice varieties tested in India and Bangladesh can survive up to two weeks of complete submergence in water, providing farmers with protection against short-term flooding. The flood-resistant SUB1 gene, when transferred into popular rice varieties, allows them to retain their characteristics. This research has led to the official release of flood-tolerant local rice varieties across Asia.
WRENmedia Impact Brief, WRENmedia, Eye, UK, 6 pp.
Scuba rice: breeding flood-tolerance into Asia’s local mega rice varieties