Scuba rice: breeding flood-tolerance into Asia’s local mega rice varieties
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.