Marker-assisted selection for tolerance to cold temperatures

Published on 19 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 July 2009 | End Date: 30 June 2012

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The damage caused by cold fronts from the south of the Americas during the summer, is a major limitation to the healthy development of 1.3 million hectares of rice grown in southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Climate change studies indicate that over time this factor will become more variable, unpredictable, and extreme. The development of varieties tolerant to cold in their vegetative and reproductive stages contribute to rice’s adaptation to climate change in the Southern Cone of Latin America, ensuring regional and international food supply.

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