Agronomic and molecular aspects of osmoprotectant application and cold tolerance in rice

  • 22 pages

  • Published: 24 Feb 2006

  • Author(s): Bodapati, Assoc. Prof. Naidu, et al

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Low temperature causes significant yield loss in rice crop at seedling establishment and early pollen microspore development stage i.e. two weeks prior to flowering. This project aimed at providing some practical or agronomic ways to minimise the cold stress damage in the short to medium term by using osmoprotectants and/or gibberellic acid (GA), a phytohormone. Long term benefits are expected from plant breeding by the application of physiological mechanisms that control the cold tolerance.