Rice functional genomics research in China
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Han B, Xue Y, Li J, Deng XW, Zhang Q. National Center for Gene Research & Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 500 Caobao Road, Shanghai 200233, People's Republic of China. Rice functional genomics is a scientific approach that seeks to identify and define the function of rice genes, and uncover when and how genes work together to produce phenotypic traits. Rapid progress in rice genome sequencing has facilitated research in rice functional genomics in China. The Ministry of Science and Technology of China has funded two major rice functional genomics research programmes for building up the infrastructures of the functional genomics study such as developing rice functional genomics tools and resources. The programmes were also aimed at cloning and functional analyses of a number of genes controlling important agronomic traits from rice. National and international collaborations on rice functional genomics study are accelerating rice gene discovery and application. PMID: 17347106 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]