7th Jan 2017

The BBSRC announced has funded for 13 projects that involve research with the overall aim of improving productivity in rice. This comes from a Newton Fund funding call that underpins the UK-China-Thailand-Philippines-Vietnam Sustainable Rice Programme.

It is gratifying to see that many applicants who have their core research in Arabidopsis branching out into rice in order to response to Food Security themes.

More information can be found on the BBSRC website.

The 13 projects that have been funded are:

Molecular characterization and genetic analysis of nutritional components of Philippine indigenous pigmented rice germplasm
Dr Lesley Boyd, National Institute of Agricultural Botany – £644,834
Super-Rice: a UK-China collaboration to improve rice Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE)
Professor Nicholas Harberd University of Oxford – £598,136
Real time deployment of pathogen resistance genes in rice
Dr Frank van den Bosch Rothamsted Research – £479,403
Climate ready rice: Optimising transpiration to protect rice yields under abiotic stresses
Professor Julie Gray University of Sheffield – £789,275
Rice Research Newton Fund: Exploiting a cyanobacterial carbon dioxideconcentrating mechanism to increase photosynthesis and yield in rice
Professor Martin Parry Lancaster University – £341,221
Developing rice with increased resistance to salinity and drought
Dr Frans Maathuis University of York – £684,773
Developing rice resources for resilience to climate change and mitigation of carbon emission
Professor Simon McQueen-Mason University of York – £787,883
Rhizo-Rice: a novel ideotype for deeper roots and improved drought tolerance
Dr Jonathan Lynch University of Nottingham – £325,299
Maintaining rice reproduction under high temperature stress: identifying mechanisms and germplasm to increase crop resilience.
Professor Zoe A Wilson University of Nottingham – £445,553
A 3D model of photosynthesis to inform breeding for improved rice performance in a changing climate
Professor Andrew James Fleming University of Sheffield – £572,486
Sequencing and exploitation of the genetic diversity in Vietnamese native rice lines to serve research and breeding programs
Professor Mario Caccamo National Institute of Agricultural Botany – £431,747
Large scale dynamic integration of proteomics and genomics to support next-generation rice research
Professor Andrew Jones University of Liverpool – £152,141
Enhanced Rice quality for Health (EnRicH)
Dr Alison Lovegrove Rothamsted Research – £493,525