Increasing cold tolerance in rice by osmoprotectants (2001)

Bodapati N, Williams R


This pilot project suggests a strong possibility of increasing seedling establishment and midseason cold tolerance by using polyamines and/or glycinebetaine. These compounds should be tested under field conditions to confirm the agronomic use. A thorough understanding of their mode of action and existence of varietal differences (for polyamines) would lead to the application of molecular biology tools for rice crop improvement. These aspects are being studied in the second phase of RIRDC Project UQ- 91A.