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FPJ0801 - Napasintuwong O,The rise of rice biotechnology

Rice is a staple food in Asia and demand is increasing in other regions. Even though the demand for rice among Asian consumers is expected to decrease on a per capita basis as they earn more, this will be offset by increased demand for rice in lower-income countries in Asia. The demand for specialty rice such as fragrant rice and nutrition-enhanced varieties will also increase as higher income consumers demand higher quality and healthier products. The breeding of rice is becoming more challenging among rice producing countries as international competition rises. While conventional breeding techniques are used to develop rice varieties that can better cope with biotic and abiotic stresses and enhance quality, biotechnology could provide a more efficient solution. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) and genetic engineering are two modern biotechnologies extensively used in rice breeding and have been estimated to generate economic benefits for adopting countries. Nevertheless, the persistence of international trade regulations which restrict trade in some genetically modified (GM) products has delayed the use of genetic engineering for rice cultivation. This paper looks at the main issues at stake for rice production and marketing, taking into account the current role of both trade and biotechnology regulations, and their potential future evolution.

Napasintuwong, O - The rise of rice biotechnology
Farm Policy Journal Autumn 2011, Volume 8, Number 1, pp. 55-65

Biotechnology, GM, GMO, Genetically modified agriculture, Australia.

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