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Rice 2020: A Call For An International Coordinated Effort In Rice Functional Genomics
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Rice 2020: A Call For An International Coordinated Effort In Rice Functional Genomics Qifa Zhang a,1 ,Jiayang Lib, Yongbiao Xueb, Bin Hanc and Xing Wang Dengd,e a National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, National Center for Plant Gene Research (Wuhan), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China b Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Center for Plant Gene Research, Beijing 100101, China c National Center for Gene Research & Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 500 Caobao Road, Shanghai 200233, China d National Institute of Biological Sciences, Zhongguancun Life Science Park, Beijing 102206, China e Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 065208104, USA Abstract We describe a call for an international coordinated effort in rice functional genomics in the form of a project named RICE2020. The mission of the project will be: to determine the function of every gene in the rice genome by the year 2020, to identify functional diversity of alleles for agriculturally useful genes from the primary gene pool of rice, and to apply the findings of functional genomics research to rice genetic improvement.