The genome sequence of African rice (Oryza glaberrima) and evidence for independent domestication

The genome sequence of African rice - a completely different rice species than the familiar Asian variety - is reported in a paper published online this week in Nature Genetics. The genome may hold the key to developing rice that is more resistant to drought. 

The publication of this genome and associated data sets “enables an unprecedented opportunity for the identification and utilization of adaptive traits that are important for rice agriculture, especially in West Africa,” the authors wrote in their paper.

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