By Un-Sang Yeo
Senior Scientist-Seconded from RDA, Korea
Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB)
30 July 2015
Rice breeding in Korea has dynamically changed and has synchronized well with IRRI’s. At the advent of the 2000’s, the priority of rice breeding in Korea rapidly changed from quantity to quality.
Since the paper declaring the first construction of the rice DNA map was published in 1989, many agronomically important genes were identified on 12 rice chromosomes. Nowadays, pyramiding of genes backcrossed to template varieties has become a major trend in many rice breeding projects such as Green Super Rice. However, template varieties in some countries or communities are still under development through conventional breeding. It will be ideal to use molecular and conventional approaches together. Another improved variety is expected to be released soon from the GUVA project’s tropical japonica breeding.