We are happy to report that the plenary papers presented during the
Fourth International Rice Genetics Symposium have been published in Rice
Genetics IV. The book has been mailed to all the participants. Extended
abstracts of papers presented in the concurent sessions and posters will
be published early next year in a separate volume entitled "Advances
in Rice Genetics."
This year we saw major breakthrough in sequencing the rice genome. Both
public and private research teams have played a key role in sequencing
genome of elite rice cultivars. A large amount of sequencing data is already
available in the public domain. The availability of rice sequence data
has ushered in the era of functional genomics. Mutants induced through
transposable elements, T-DNA insertions and deletions, EST, BAC and YAC
libraries have become important genetic resources for structural and functional
genomics. New initiatives have been established to link structural or
sequence data and gene function through forward and reverse genetics.
New high-throughput methods are being developed for expression analysis.
Microarrays are being used to identify candidate genes involved in biotic
and abiotic stress pathways. Discovery of such genes and their manipulation
would be another important step in rice genetics and breeding.
G.S. Khush, Chairman
A. Hirai, Co-Chairman