New glutinuous rice with resistance to both blast and bacterial blight was introduced to the public for the first time at the 2nd National Conference on Rice in December 2012. The new improved variety was achieved through marker-assisted selection technology. Its key features include resistance to blast and bacterial blight diseases, strong stem and 130 cm in height. It provides an average yield of 4.38-5 t/ha (700-800 kg/rai). The grain and cooking quality of the new rice is as superb as RD6, the well-known glutinous jasmine rice. This new rice is cultivated in Nan, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang provinces.
This new rice variety is part of a long-term collaborative project between BIOTEC (Rice Gene Discovery Unit) and other institutes such as Kasetsart University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL) and the Rice Department to make an improvement on rice varieties suitable for rainfed lowland ecosystem. The research team has previously released blast-resistant glutinous rice and submergence-tolerant varieties for rainfed lowland and irrigated land, for instance.
Posted on 9 January 2013