Biotechnology Research in Rice for Asia: Priorities, Focus and Directions

  • Mahabub Hossain
  • John Bennett
  • Swapan Datta
  • Hei Leung
  • Gurdev Khush


Over the last four decades, substantial genetic improvements have been made in rice through conventional breeding. The adoption of modern rice varieties by farmers in irrigated ecosystems has contributed to food production increases that were greater than the growth in population. The “green revolution” in rice cultivation, however, has bypassed unfavorable rice-growing environments that still account for over half of the rice land. These areas are subject to droughts, floods and problem soils that have been difficult to handle through conventional breeding. Biotechnology research has opened up new opportunities to address agricultural problems in unfavorable environments, where the majority of Asia’s poor now live. Current research on rice biotechnology, however, focuses more on insect and disease resistance than on stresses faced by farmers in less favored lands. For biotechnology to benefit the poor, research directions must be changed and their output widely shared.


Bacterial Blight Green Revolution International Rice Research Institute Sheath Blight Stem Borer 
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  • Mahabub Hossain
  • John Bennett
  • Swapan Datta
  • Hei Leung
  • Gurdev Khush

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