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PhilRice create PH heat-tolerant rice

To combat the ill effects of climate change in the country, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has begun the development of a series of heat-proof rice varieties.

According to a study conducted by PhilRice researchers Norvie L. Manigbas, Jupier L. Gorospe and Evaristo A. Abella of the Central Luzon State University, they have found a way to produce the first heat-tolerant rice variety in the Philippines.

“As of now, we do not have any heat-tolerant rice varieties released in the country. Through this study, we’ve learned that the heat-tolerant trait is associated to the plants’ heading days, time of flowering, fertility and dehiscent temperature—most of which are found in the nine [Quantitative Trait Loci] (QTL),” Manigbas added in a news statement on July 18.

Manigbas added they found out nine QTLs containing the genes that can counter the ill
effects of high temperature. QTLs are sections of DNA containing the genes that control
the trait.


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