World’s largest online rice database launched

MANILA: The world’s biggest genetic rice database online is now available free, a move scientists hope will contribute to a “green revolution”, a leading rice research group said Wednesday.

Information on the genetic sequence of 3,024 rice varieties can now be accessed through the Amazon Web Services system, a cloud computing platform, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said.

The head of IRRI’s genetic resources centre, Rory Hamilton, said the database would make it faster and easier to develop new rice varieties in the face of climate change and a growing world population. These new varieties could be higher-yielding, more nutritious and more resistant to pests, disease, drought or floods.

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