Producing more rice with less water

Abiotic stresses are the primary cause of crop failure worldwide, reducing yields by sometimes more than 50%. Among the various forms of abiotic stress, drought or water stress is the most limiting factor for rice productivity.

Promovendus I (Imran) Haider MSc
Promotor Harro Bouwmeester
Copromotor CP (Carolien) Ruyter-Spira
Copromotor dr PBF Ouwerkerk
Organisatie Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology

do 23 januari 2014 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen
Natural allelic variation in the Oshox22 promoter can be exploited in breeding programmes to modify grain length in rice using molecular marker-assisted breeding
Imran Haider

Drought affects about 20% of the total rice cultivation area in Asia. Understanding the various aspects of drought stress and the response and resistance mechanisms in plants is therefore of fundamental importance to improve sustainable agriculture. The overall objective of the work presented in this thesis was to get more detailed insight in the molecular regulation of drought tolerance in rice, with a particular focus on the role of drought-responsive transcription factors and two groups of plant hormones, abscisic acid and strigolactones.