The rice genome project in Japan


The National Academy of Sciences


Since 1991, the Rice Genome Research Program in Japan has carried out rice genomics, such as large-scale cDNA analysis, construction of a fine-scale restriction fragment length polymorphism map, and physical mapping of the rice genome with yeast artificial chromosome clones. These studies have made a great impact on research into grass genomes and made rice a model plant for other cereal crop research. Starting in 1998, the Rice Genome Research Program will step into a new stage of genomics—that of genome sequencing. This project eventually should reveal all of the genomic sequence information in the rice plant and be an indispensable aid in understanding the genomics of other grass species.

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