The roots of future rice harvests

Nourollah Ahmadi, Alain Audebert, Malcolm J. Bennett, Anthony Bishopp, Antonio Costa de Oliveira, Brigitte Courtois, Abdala Diedhiou, Anne Diévart, Pascal Gantet, Alain Ghesquière, Emmanuel Guiderdoni* (Corresponding Author), Amelia Henry, Yoshiaki Inukai, Leon Kochian, Laurent Laplaze, Mikael Lucas, Doan Trung Luu, Baboucarr Manneh, Xiaorong Mo, Raveendran MuthurajanChristophe Périn, Adam Price, Sabariappan Robin, Hervé Sentenac, Bassirou Sine, Yusaku Uga, Anne Aliénor Véry, Matthias Wissuwa, Ping Wu, Jian Xu

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Rice production faces the challenge to be enhanced by 50% by year 2030 to meet the growth of the population in rice-eating countries. Whereas yield of cereal crops tend to reach plateaus and a yield is likely to be deeply affected by climate instability and resource scarcity in the coming decades, building rice cultivars harboring root systems that can maintain performance by capturing water and nutrient resources unevenly distributed is a major breeding target. Taking advantage of gathering a community of rice root biologists in a Global Rice Science Partnership workshop held in Montpellier, France, we present here the recent progresses accomplished in this area and focal points where an international network of laboratories should direct their efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014


  • Breeding
  • Genetic and molecular controls
  • Ideotype
  • Phenotyping
  • Rice
  • Roots


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