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A. The Development of Flood-Tolerant Rice

Narrator: This is Science Today. Geneticists at the University of California, Riverside, along with scientists at the University of California, Davis and the International Rice Research Institute in the Phillipines, have developed flood-tolerant California rice. Julia Bailey-Serres of the UC Riverside Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, says the submergence tolerant property can be developed into any variety of rice to enable the crop to survive extreme flood conditions.

Bailey-Serres: For a very long time, rice farmers have been interested in protecting their plants from complete submergence. A lot of the rice lands in the world are susceptible to submergence because of strong rains due to monsoon. The rice is grown in flood prone regions and about twenty percent of the rice growing areas in the world and so having this ability to grow a line that's submergence tolerant would enable rice farmers to ensure that they will have a yield from their crop.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.