High iron and zinc rice lines

Published on 19 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2005 | End Date: 31 December 2010


A fast-track approach was used to screen breeding lines and traditional/improved rice varieties to find rice germplasm with higher iron and zinc content in milled rice, using a breeding strategy in two phases. On a fast track, landraces and breeding lines were screened for mineral content to identify products that could have immediate utility, as potential varieties or donors. For a second phase, a crossing program was started to combine high-iron and zinc with high yield potential, tolerance to main biotic and abiotic stresses, and good grain quality. Two varieties have already been released in Bolivia, Cuba, and Panama. Some others will be released in Brazil, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Colombia in 2011.

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  • ARI - Advanced Research Institute


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One Response to “High iron and zinc rice lines”

  1. S G Sharma says:

    May I know the average iron content of milled rice grains?
    Also the reference to this information

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