Given the impact of cold stress on rice productivity, tolerance to low temperatures is of considerable importance in temperate rice growing regions. In rice, efforts to improve cold tolerance typically focus on the seedling and reproductive stages of development. At the seedling stage, low temperatures can retard plant growth or lead to poor stand establishment, both of which negatively impact grain yield. One of our goals is to understand the molecular genetic basis of seedling cold tolerance in rice.
M202 is the predominant rice variety grown in
Isolation and characterization of the genes underlying qCTS12 and qCTS4 will greatly contribute to our understanding of seedling cold tolerance in rice and provide a foundation for developing enhanced germplasm for