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Second Phase of Rice Research Project Kicks off in Vietnam

09 September 2013
BBSRC

VIETNAM - Following the successful genome sequencing of 36 lines of native Vietnamese rice, the second phase of a joint Vietnam-United Kingdom project to characterise the genetic diversity of these 36 varieties of rice was launched on 28 August in Hanoi.

Dr Mario Caccamo, Acting Director of The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) joined representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Agricultural Genetics Institute, the Vietnam National Seed Cooperation, the Southern Seed Joint Stock Company, Thai Binh Seed Company, representatives of rice research and breeding communities and Mr Anthony Stokes the British Ambassador to Vietnam at a workshop that introduced findings from the first phase of the project along with the potential applications of genomic tools in rice breeding.

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TGAC staff Sarah Ayling, Computational Genomics Group Leader (4th from left) and Mario Caccamo,
Acting Director of TGAC (2nd from right) receiving their awards alongside their collaborators.
Image: Ms Dang Thanh, Institute of Agricultural Genetics.

The information gained from sequencing rice in the first phase of the project will be used to identify variation that provides plants with tolerance to flooding, drought, pests and disease - environmental factors that may become more challenging to control due to effects of climate change. As rice is a staple food for many people across the world this research will help ensure a sustainable food supply in the face of changing climate and a growing human population.

This second phase of the project will focus on exploitation of created data to develop molecular markers and use them for breeding purpose at AGI. In parallel 600 rice varieties with important traits like good quality, high productivity and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses will be sequenced. Manpower for genomic and bioinformatics research will be developed to ensure future national capacity in development and application of genomic tools for crop research and breeding.

During the workshop that launched the second phase of the project, commemorative medals and certificates of merit were presented to those who have already contributed significantly to the project. Dr Mario Caccamo and Dr. Sarah Ayling were also presented with an award as TGAC had an important role in the collaboration of researchers from the UK and Vietnam who sequenced the 36 varieties of rice.

The Genome Analysis Centre is pleased to be part of this collaboration and looks forward to contributing its knowledge to this exciting and important project that will help the international efforts to secure food in a changing world.

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