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9/29/2015 | 11:45:41 AM
Re: Goal is to leave nature's sequencing intact

 

Charlie that is great hopefully those that seek to genetically modify foods for other purposes can learn from this important work. Poverty in today's era is a travesty and getting this type of science behind food provision is one of the key variables that can influence it.

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9/28/2015 | 7:07:46 PM
Goal is to leave nature's sequencing intact
Impactnow, you make an important point. There are many people wary of the gene splicing that goes into Monsanto seed-engineering efforts for such purposes as greater resistance to pesticicdes. I don't think the International Rice Research Institute is conducting its research on the rice genomes for purposes of gene splicing. Rather, it and the members of the consortium would like to identify which traits are active in some varieties and the sequences that signal they are active. Then they might be combined through cross pollination or selective breeding, leaving nature's gene sequencing intact. 
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9/28/2015 | 1:24:39 PM
Gene modification

Fascinating look at how technology can impact crops however as you are probably aware there is controversy around genetically engineered food and possible unknown health effects. Do you think these efforts will be influenced by the movement away from genetically engineered foods?

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9/24/2015 | 4:11:23 PM
About those drought resistant strains.....
California farmers haven't taken much interest in rice varieties heretofore, but they may get more in tune with rice genetics if the drought continues. 25% of rice fields are fallow due to the drought. Of the 431,000 acres under cultivation, rice requires 5.1 feet of irrigation on the field during the growing season. Other users are bidding for that water at $700 per acre-foot, which means rice farmers could make a lot of money without planting. Few jobs are associated with the crop. With almonds, 1,000 acre feet of irrigation translates into 6 jobs. With rice, which is seeded from the air and harvested by large machines, it's just one job. Half the crop is shipped overseas, mainly to Japan where Calif. medium-grained rice is used in making sushi. 
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9/23/2015 | 1:24:35 PM
U.S. doesn't know much about rice variety
While there are thousands of varieties of rice grown around the world, only about 10 "if that many" are grown in the U.S., Leach told me. The two prominent crops are long grain, sticky rice grown in Louisiana, Texas and other Southern states and short grain, non-sticky rice grown in California. California exports much of its crop to Japan, where tastes appreciate its variety.


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