Novel strategies to enhance nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in rice

Published on 20 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2013

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Nitrification, a key process in the global nitrogen cycle that generates nitrate through microbial activity, can lead to losses of fertilizer nitrogen by leaching and denitrification. In addition, nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, is a by-product of denitrification. Certain plants can suppress soil nitrification by releasing inhibitors in root exudates, a phenomenon termed biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The main objective of this BNI research is to identify contrasting rice genotypes and then to dissect genetic components (genes) associated with BNI.

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One Response to “Novel strategies to enhance nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in rice”

  1. What would be the selection criteria for improving NUE without destroying the plants at segregating generations and what are the key traits for genetic improvenent for NUE.

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