‘Waterproof Rice’ Could Help Prevent Losses from Flooding

Losses to crops can also come from excess water rather than drought or damage from pests.

In areas prone to flooding, the development of ‘waterproof rice’ could make a dramatic difference.

Scientist at IRRI have identified a gene which allows rice plants to withstand be submerged for two weeks without damage. The gene has already been transferred to a rice variety used in Bangladesh and is showing positive results.