Building Better Rice

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Continuing coverage: The 3,000 Rice Genomes Project is a collaborative, international research program that has sequenced 3,024 rice varieties from 89 countries. "The dataset provides access to millions of genetic markers that can be used to design sustainable crops for the future; that is, ones that are high-yielding and more nutritious, while at the same time, requiring less water, fertilizer and pesticides," said Dr. Rod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute at the UA and a pioneer in rice genome sequencing.