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Unlocking the genetic potential of an orphan crop species, African rice (Oryza glaberrima) for sustainable agriculture in Africa

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Project Description
Abiotic stresses, such as heat and flooding, could amplify and become more irregular in Africa with climate change. Oryza glaberrima, an orphan crop species commonly known as African Rice, may represent a solution to this situation as it is considered to be heat tolerant during the reproductive stage, flowering early in the morning. Before the species can be used in breeding for heat tolerance, however, diversity within O. glaberrima for the early-morning flowering trait must to be well-characterized in order to identify superior donors. This project aimed to do this necessary characterization of the entire set of O. glaberrima accessions at the AfricaRice gene bank and develop a database of phenotypic data for publication and use by breeders.
Institute Name
Africa Rice Center Ivory Coast (AfricaRice)
Institute Country
Cote d'Ivoire
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Program Name
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
Start Date
4th of January 2016
End Date
31st of December 2018
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