Scientists unlock mystery of aromatic rice

Mar 25, 2008

A researcher has found a way to preserve the aroma of jasmine rice and add the aroma to other rice varieties, the Bangkok Post reported.

The newspaper reported that the find was aided by earlier research that deciphered the generic code of jasmine rice.

Apichart Vanavichit, the director of the Rice Gene Discovery and Rice Science Center, cracked the code.

"There is something very interesting about rice," said he said. "The species has plenty of varieties, but it mutates in a certain way that allows us to study some traits, including the aroma."

Scientists found that the genes responsible for the aroma were located in chromosome 8 of aromatic rice. In experiments, researchers inserted the aroma gene into non-aromatic Japanese Nipponbare rice.

The result was an aromatic rice, the newspaper said.

"We have the potential to lead in the field of rice development, but we still lack a lot of necessary resources," Apichart said of Thai rice farmers.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Climate change rewrites world wine list

Mar 26, 2013

It's circa 2050 and shoppers are stopping off at Ikea to buy fine wine made in Sweden. A Nordic fantasy? Not according to climate experts who say the Earth's warming phase is already driving a wave of change ...

What plant genes tell us about crop domestication

Jul 07, 2010

Anyone who has seen teosinte, the wild grass from which maize (corn) evolved, might be forgiven for assuming many genetic changes underlie the transformation of one plant to the other.

Recommended for you

22 elephants poached in Mozambique in two weeks

8 hours ago

Poachers slaughtered 22 elephants in Mozambique in the first two weeks of September, environmentalists said Monday, warning that killing for ivory by organised syndicates was being carried out on an "industrialised" ...

User comments : 0