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Rice is endangered: Thousands of native varieties of rice extinct

By Syed Akbar’s Blog | December 2, 2012 Hyderabad:  Is rice dying? Environment experts feel that the rich biodiversity of rice is fast depleting with only a handful of commercially viable varieties being cultivated the world over. In the last 100 years as many as 1,00,000 varieties of rice have simply vanished from the fields. Today there are fewer than a dozen varieties planted in 70 per cent of the land under rice. Indian rice varieties are famous for their quality, aroma and grain length and any disturbance to the rice biodiversity will have a catastrophic impact on the agro-economy of the country. Tinkering with rice like attempts to produce golden rice and GE rice has come in […]

Crop and water productivity as influenced by rice cultivation methods under organic and inorganic sources of nutrient supply

Crop and water productivity as influenced by rice cultivation methods under organic and inorganic sources of nutrient supply Author by Y.V. Singh, Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Blue Green Algae (CCUBGA), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi – 110 012, India, Email: yvsingh63@yahoo.co.in; yvsingh_algal@iari.res.in Source: Paddy and Water Environment [http://www.springerlink.com/content/j483155l860236t1/] Publication Date: 28 August 2012 ABSTRACT A field experiment was conducted during the wet seasons of 2010 and 2011 at New Delhi, India to study the influence of organic, inorganic, and integrated sources of nutrient supply under three methods of rice cultivation on rice yield and water productivity. The experiments were laid out in FRBD with nine treatment combinations. […]

Partitioning of CH4 and CO2 production originating from rice straw, soil and root organic carbon in rice microcosms

Partitioning of CH4 and CO2 production originating from rice straw, soil and root organic carbon in rice microcosms Author(s): Quan Yuan, Judith Pump, Ralf Conrad Source: PLoS ONE | November 5, 2012 Flooded rice fields are an important source of the greenhouse gas CH4. Possible carbon sources for CH4 and CO2 production in rice fields are soil organic matter (SOM), root organic carbon (ROC) and rice straw (RS), but partitioning of the flux between the different carbon sources is difficult. We conducted greenhouse experiments using soil microcosms planted with rice. http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObjectAttachment.action;jsessionid=57CCBF742B732BA8A41EB07736ED366E?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0049073&representation=PDF

Where is our Oryza?

Where is our oryza download an interesting book let on Rice in India covering the impacts of hybrid rice in eastern India, potentials of some traditional lines of paddy.

India’s widely grown rice variety helps keeping diabetes at bay

Washington: Scientists have found that the glycemic index (GI) of rice varies a lot from one type of rice to another, with most varieties scoring a low to medium GI. And they have revealed that rice varieties such as India’s most widely grown rice variety, Swarna, have a low GI. The findings of the research, which analyzed 235 types of rice from around the world, is good news because it not only means rice can be part of a healthy diet for the average consumer, but it also means people with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, can select the right rice to help maintain a healthy, low-GI diet. The […]

వన్నెల వరి

ఒంటరి వరి తో పుట్టెడు ‘వర్రీలు’ ఆంధ్ర జ్యోతి లో నా వ్యాసం

Eating our way to rice-diversity

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/article558039.ece By Sreedevi Lakshmi Kutty, ENS – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 04th July 2012 11:11 AM Photos Studies have established that the causative link to diabetes is with “polished white rice” not any rice. EPS Recently, studies have established that the causative link to diabetes is with “polished white rice” not any rice. It is increasingly being established that unpolished red and brown rice do not cause diabetes. Rice is my soul food, what I long for when I am hungry and what I miss when I don’t get it. Belonging to the post-green revolution generation, white rice came into our family pretty early despite living in the land of red rice, Kerala. When […]

India denies GMO contamination in basmati

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/india-denies-gmo-contamination-basmati Author(s): Jyotika Sood Date: May 30, 2012 EU had sought clarification after finding genetically modified organisms in the exported rice Basmati rice is famous for pleasant aroma, superfine texture and extreme elongation (Credit:cookbookman17)India has denied allegations levied by the European Commission on genetically modified organisms (GMO) contamination in basmati rice exported from India. The Directorate-General Health and Consumers (DGHC) of the European Commission had issued a notification to the Union ministry of commerce and industry on May 2 seeking a reply on an unknown and unauthorised GMO being found in the rice exported from India. The notification was issued following a complaint by a French manufacturer Soufflet Alimentaire to European Union’s […]

Protecting Oryza in Odisha

by Shalini Bhutani | December 07, 2011 The eastern Indian state of Odisha is regarded as the place of origin of Oryza sativa, the plant species commonly known as rice. In fact, many believe that Odisha even got its name from the term “oryza”. Now however, Odisha is fast becoming the centre of action on intellectual property rights on rice in India. The Delhi-based national Protection of Plant Variety Authority has started a massive rice varieties registration initiative with the State Government of Odisha. Plant variety protection (“PVP”) is a type of intellectual property. PVP laws grant economic rights known as plant breeder rights (“PBR”) to breeders vis-a-vis the new, distinct, uniform, and stable […]

Rice originated in India

Author(s): Aparna Pallavi Issue: Nov 15, 2011 http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/rice-originated-india   Fresh evidence from dung of dinosaurs changes many conceptions Cross-section of the coprolite (circled) found by D M Mohabey’s team (Photo: Aparna Pallavi) THE fight where and when rice originated has taken a new turn. An analysis of plant remains found in the dung of dinosaurs in Pisdura village of Chandrapur district in Maharashtra has revealed that dinosaurs had relished the staple much before humans added it to their diet. This pushes the origin of rice 35 million years back and raises the possibility that it had an Indian parent. Till now it was believed that rice originated about 30 million […]

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