Rice is very sensitive to spells of drought and crops will fail as soon as the muddy soil starts to crack. In many countries, water is scarce. The aim of this programme is to try to identify the mechanisms that prevent rice from being grown like wheat.
The programme was launched in early 2012 and consists of two basic approaches. Approach 1 involves making a morphological and physiological comparison of wheat and three types of rice with varying water requirements (the sawah type, ‘dry’ rice and a new hybrid type known as ‘aerobic’ rice) with a number of closely related types of rice. Approach 2 will analyse the genetic characteristics of a wide population of rice species and selections.
These two approaches have been translated into five research studies that will be carried out by five PhD researchers (from China, India, the Philippines and the Netherlands). They will cooperate closely, sharing new information, materials and results.
Reports and publications
- Project description: Growing rice without water: Understanding rice drought tolerance mechanisms (pdf, 517 kb)
- Factsheet: Growing rice like wheat (pdf, 3,3 mb)