Rice Varietal Improvement

Since its domestication about 10,000 years ago, rice has undergone tremendous modifications so much as a result of human selection for improved traits that domesticated rice varieties can no longer survive in the wild state. The simple acts of reaping and sowing are selective. Our ancestors may not have known it, but they started the first rice-breeding programs when they began to grow rice plants for their use. Most farmers have a keen eye and a sensitive feeling for plants. Millions of...

Contributors

The Royal and Agricultural University Department of Agricultural Sciences, Plant and Soil Laboratory Thorvaldsensvej 40 Frederiksberg, 1871, Denmark Harindra S. Balyan Molecular Biology Laboratory Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding Ch. Charan Singh University Meerut-250,004 U.P. India Forage Crop Research Institute Japan Grassland Agriculture and Forage Seed Association 388-5, Nasushiobara, Tochigi 329-2742 Japan hcai jfsass.or.jp T. Chikmawati Department of Agronomy University of...