Preface Plant Molecular Biology 35: 1, 1997. 1 Rice is the staple diet of more than half the worlds the benefit of society as a whole. For example instead of population. In the next 50 years as much rice and being a wheat, rice or maize geneticist, in fact one is a wheat grain is required as has been produced since cereal geneticist. The tools developed for rice genetic the beginning of agriculture. Biotechnology may help analysis and gene cloning can be used in the study classical breeding in achieving this aim. Within the last of other cereals. These are becoming a central part 5 years, there has been major initiatives established by of other cereal programmes. A reflection of this is different funding organisations worldwide to provide the fact that although most countries in the European these biotechnological tools for rice breeding. Many of Union are not major producers of rice, the EU is highly these tools have now been produced. It therefore seems likely to fund a programme (EGRAM) at the end of an appropiate time to review the progress made. We 1997 exploiting the use of rice for the study of other have tried where possible to invite leading laboratories cereals. Rice is fast becoming the ‘Arabidopsis’ of reflecting a cross-section of the funding organisations cereal community. As with Arabidopsis, if there is a to review the past and current status of rice breeding, monocot genome to be sequenced in the next few years, molecular and genetical advances made and potential then the rice genome seems likely to be top of the list. developments. The Edition also indicates likely targets To society as a whole in the next 50 years which is more for the exploitation of this biotechnology and novel important to sequence the rice or human genome? ways of creating new germplasm (alien transfer and This edition indicates what (RFLPs, microsatel- transformation). lites, YACs, BACs, ESTs, contiged libraries, genetic The substantial progress made in the development maps, mutator systems and trait locations) and how of these tools, has meant that rice is an important mod- to find, (bioinformatics) the tools available, were to el for the cereal community as a whole. Moreover obtain them from (stock centres and germplasm collec- the observation that there is conservation in genome tions) and how to apply them; with particular examples structure between rice and other cereal genomes, has given (flowering, disease and stress). bought with it closer links between those groups work- ing on the different cereals. Collaboration has become Guest Editors much more internationally based which can only be to TAKUJI SASAKI and GRAHAM MOORE GR: 201001944, Pips nr. 138658 BIO2KAP *138658* pl3893si.tex; 27/06/1997; 7:09; v.7; p.1 Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals
1 page

Loading next page...
1 Page
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial