Since 2006, BIOTEC and the Rice Department of Ministry of Agricult ure and Cooperatives has been conducting a collaborative research project on rainfed rice breeding to develop new rice varieties that are well resistant to diseases and insects as well as tolerant to environmental stresses using a marker-assisted selection (MAS) technology. Three new rice varieties namely, submergence-tolerant KDML 105 (KDML is a jasmine rice variety), salt-tolerant KDML 105 and blast-resistant RD6, marked the success of the project. These three new varieties have been tested by the Rice Department and in farmers’ field, giving a satisfactory result. They are now in the process of varietal registration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
On 10 February 2010, NSTDA and the Rice Department organized an MOU signing ceremony to extend this R&D collaboration into the next five years until 2015, aiming to develop additional varieties with desirable traits such as tolerance to drought and resistance to brown-plant hopper.
Mr. Prasert Gosalvitra (4th from left), Director General of Rice Department and Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana (3rd from right), President of NSTDA at the MOU signing ceremony. Presided over the ceremony were Dr. Sujinda Chotipanich (5th from left), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology, and Mr. Yukol Limlamthong (5th from right), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Posted on 11 February 2010.