Green Super Rice to help countries achieve food security
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said the development of Green Super Rice (GSR) — a new breed of stable, climate-smart, high-yielding varieties — opens up the potential of understanding and using genomics of agroecosystems in responding to the challenges the agricultural sector is facing today.
“As the global population continues to increase exponentially each day, so does the demand for rice, a major staple food and livelihood for more than 3.5 billion people,” IRRI said.
“Given the current growth rate, it is expected that global population will reach around 10 billion by 2050. Much of this increase will occur in poor, densely populated regions in Asia and Africa that are already highly dependent on rice for food, nutrition, and livelihood,” it added.
IRRI then highighted the article entitled “The Rice Genome Revolution: from an Ancient Grain to Green Super Rice”, which discussed how genomes from domesticated and wild rice can be used to improve other breeding programs, making it more responsive to global needs.
“Through the use of available gene sequences, breeders could use genetic markers to develop varieties like GSR. As a result, the breeding process becomes more efficient, precise, and more responsive in developing varieties that can help in achieving food security in a complex production environment,” IRRI further said.