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Waterproof rice can outlast the floods

August 10, 2006

Philippines - Rice grows best in flooded paddy fields. Too much water, however, and modern high-yield varieties drown within a few days.

Now researchers have tracked down a gene in an old variety of rice largely abandoned by farmers that allows the plant to survive complete submersion. They say it could be the first lost gene of a series to be introduced into modern rice varieties to make rice more resilient to environmental hazards.

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