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Rice, white, long-grain, regular,

raw, unenriched
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 370 kcal 1530 kJ
Carbohydrates 79 g
- Sugars 0.12 g
- Dietary fiber 1.3 g
Fat 0.66 g
Protein 7.13 g
Water 11.62 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.070 mg 5%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.049 mg 3%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.6 mg 11%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 1.014 mg 20%
Vitamin B6 0.164 mg 13%
Folate (Vit. B9) 8 μg 2%
Calcium 28 mg 3%
Iron 0.80 mg 6%
Magnesium 25 mg 7%
Manganese 1.088 mg 54% Oryza sativa

Phosphorus 115 mg 16%

The name wild rice is usually used for species of the
Potassium 115 mg 2% grass genus Zizania, both wild and domesticated, al-
Zinc 1.09 mg 11% though the term may also be used for primitive or un-
cultivated varieties of Oryza.
Percentages are relative to US
Rice is normally grown as an annual plant, although
recommendations for adults.
in tropical areas it can survive as a perennial and can
Source: USDA Nutrient database
produce a ratoon crop for up to 20 years.[6] The rice
Rice is the seed of the monocot plant Oryza sativa, of plant can grow to 1–1.8 m tall, occasionally more de-
the grass family (Poaceae). As a cereal grain, it is the pending on the variety and soil fertility. The grass has
most important staple food for a large part of the long, slender leaves 50–100 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad.
world’s human population, especially in tropical Latin The small wind-pollinated flowers are produced in a
America, the West Indies, East, South and Southeast branched arching to pendulous inflorescence 30–50 cm
Asia. It is the grain with the second highest worldwide long. The edible seed is a grain (caryopsis) 5–12 mm long
production, after maize ("corn").[1]. Since a large portion and 2–3 mm thick.
of maize crops are grown for purposes other than hu- Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and re-
man consumption, rice is probably the most important gions with low labor costs and high rainfall, as it is very
grain with regards to human nutrition and caloric in- labor-intensive to cultivate and requires plenty of water
take, providing more than one fifth of the calories con- for cultivation. On the other hand, mechanized cultiva-
sumed worldwide by our species.[2] A traditional food tion is extremely oil-intensive, more than other food
plant in Africa, rice has the potential to improve nutri- products with the exception of beef and dairy products.
tion, boost food security, foster rural development and Rice can be grown practically anywhere, even on a steep
support sustainable landcare.[3] In early 2008, some gov- hill or mountain. Although its parent species are native
ernments and retailers began rationing supplies of the to South Asia and certain parts of Africa, centuries of
grain due to fears of a global rice shortage.[4][5]

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trade and exportation have made it commonplace in

many cultures worldwide.
The traditional method for cultivating rice is flood-
ing the fields whilst, or after, setting the young seed-
lings. This simple method requires sound planning and
servicing of the water damming and channeling, but re-
duces the growth of less robust weed and pest plants
that have no submerged growth state, and deters ver-
min. While with rice growing and cultivation the flood-
ing is not mandatory, all other methods of irrigation re-
quire higher effort in weed and pest control during
growth periods and a different approach for fertilizing
the soil.

According to the Microsoft Encarta Dictionary (2004) and
Old fashioned way of rice polishing in Japan."36 Views of
the Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (1988), the word Mount Fuji" Hokusai
’rice’ has an Indo-Iranian origin. It came to English from
Greek óryza, via Latin oriza, Italian riso and finally Old
The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice
French ris (the same as present day French riz).
huller to remove the chaff (the outer husks of the grain).
It has been speculated that the Indo-Iranian vrihi it-
At this point in the process, the product is called brown
self is borrowed from a Dravidian vari (Vari, ??? in
rice. The milling may be continued, removing the ’bran’,
telugu(*warinci)[7] or the Tamil arisi (?????), from which
i.e., the rest of the husk and the germ, thereby creating
the Arabic ar-ruzz, from which the Portuguese and Span-
white rice. White rice, which keeps longer, lacks some
ish word arroz originated.
important nutrients; in a limited diet which does not
supplement the rice, brown rice helps to prevent the
disease beriberi.
White rice may be also buffed with glucose or talc
Japanese Japanese Short-grain powder (often called polished rice, though this term may
short- short- rice grains,
The planting of also refer to white rice in general), parboiled, or pro-
grain rice grain natural
rice is often a cessed into flour. White rice may also be enriched by
plants rice ear state
labor-intensive adding nutrients, especially those lost during the milling
process. process. While the cheapest method of enriching in-
volves adding a powdered blend of nutrients that will
Preparation as food easily wash off (in the United States, rice which has been
so treated requires a label warning against rinsing),
more sophisticated methods apply nutrients directly to
the grain, coating the grain with a water insoluble sub-
stance which is resistant to washing.

Broker of rice in the 1820’s Japan. "36 Views of Mount Fuji"

Hokusai Terraced rice paddy on a hill slope in Indonesia.

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Despite the hypothetical health risks of talc (such as

stomach cancer),[8] talc-coated rice remains the norm in
some countries due to its attractive shiny appearance,
but it has been banned in some and is no longer widely
used in others such as the United States. Even where talc
is not used, glucose, starch, or other coatings may be
used to improve the appearance of the grains; for this
reason, many rice lovers still recommend washing all
rice in order to create a better-tasting rice with a better
consistency, despite the recommendation of suppliers.
Much of the rice produced today is water polished.
Rice bran, called nukkah in Japan, is a valuable com-
modity in Asia and is used for many daily needs. It is a
moist, oily inner layer which is heated to produce an oil.
It is also used as a pickling bed in making rice bran
pickles and Takuan.
Raw rice may be ground into flour for many uses, in-
cluding making many kinds of beverages such as amaza- Uncooked, polished, white long-grain rice grains
ke, horchata, rice milk, and sake. Rice flour does not
contain gluten and is suitable for people on a gluten-free
diet. Rice may also be made into various types of
noodles. Raw wild or brown rice may also be consumed
by raw-foodist or fruitarians if soaked and sprouted
(usually 1 week to 30 days); see also Gaba rice below.
Processed rice seeds must be boiled or steamed be-
fore eating. Cooked rice may be further fried in oil or
butter, or beaten in a tub to make mochi.
Rice is a good source of protein and a staple food in
many parts of the world, but it is not a complete protein:
it does not contain all of the essential amino acids in suf-
ficient amounts for good health, and should be com-
bined with other sources of protein, such as nuts, seeds,
beans, fish, or meat.[9]
Rice, like other cereal grains, can be puffed (or Chinese rice dish utilising Basmati rice
popped). This process takes advantage of the grains’ wa-
ter content and typically involves heating grains in a as it absorbs (the absorption method), or in a large
special chamber. Further puffing is sometimes accom- quantity of water which is drained before serving (the
plished by processing pre-puffed pellets in a rapid-boil method).[10] Electric rice cookers, popular in
low-pressure chamber. The ideal gas law means that Asia and Latin America, simplify the process of cooking
either lowering the local pressure or raising the water rice. Rice is often heated in oil before boiling, or oil is ad-
temperature results in an increase in volume prior to ded to the water; this is thought to make the cooked rice
water evaporation, resulting in a puffy texture. Bulk raw less sticky.
rice density is about 0.9 g/cm³. It decreases to less than In Arab cuisine rice is an ingredient of many soups
one-tenth that when puffed. and dishes with fish, poultry, and other types of meat. It
is also used to stuff vegetables or is wrapped in grape
Cooking leaves. When combined with milk, sugar and honey, it is
used to make desserts. In some regions, such as
There are many varieties of rice; for many purposes the
Tabaristan, bread is made using rice flour. Medieval
main distinction is between long- and medium-grain
Islamic texts spoke of medical uses for the plant.[11]
rice. The grains of long-grain rice (high amylose) tend to
Rice may also be made into rice porridge (also called
remain intact after cooking; medium-grain rice (high
congee or rice gruel) by adding more water than usual,
amylopectin) becomes more sticky. Medium-grain rice is
so that the cooked rice is saturated with water to the
used for sweet dishes, and for risotto and many Spanish
point that it becomes very soft, expanded, and fluffy.
Rice porridge is commonly eaten as a breakfast food, and
Rice is cooked by boiling or steaming, and absorbs water
is also a traditional food for the sick.
during cooking. It can be cooked in just as much water

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Rice may be soaked prior to cooking, which saves

fuel, decreases cooking time, minimizes exposure to
high temperature and thus decreases the stickiness of
the rice. For some varieties, soaking improves the tex-
ture of the cooked rice by increasing expansion of the
In some countries parboiled rice is popular. Par-
boiled rice is subjected to a steaming or parboiling pro-
cess while still a brown rice. This causes nutrients from
the outer husk to move into the grain itself. The parboil
process causes a gelatinisation of the starch in the
grains. The grains become less brittle, and the color of
the milled grain changes from white to yellow. The rice The average asian rice farmer owns a few hectare : Banaue
is then dried, and can then be milled as usual or used as Rice Terraces, N. Luzon, Philippines
brown rice. Milled parboiled rice is nutritionally superi-
or to standard milled rice. Parboiled rice has an addi-
tional benefit in that it does not stick to the pan during
cooking, as happens when cooking regular white rice.
Minute Rice, or "easy-cook rice", differs from par-
boiled rice in that it is milled, fully cooked and then
dried. It does not share the nutritional benefits of
A nutritionally superior method of preparing brown
rice known as GABA Rice or GBR (Germinated Brown
Rice)[12] may be used. This involves soaking washed
brown rice for 20 hours in warm water (38°C or 100°F)
prior to cooking it. This process stimulates germination,
which activates various enzymes in the rice. By this
Latin american producers often farm several hundred hectare :
method, a result of research carried out for the United
Rice paddy in Paraguay.
Nations Year of Rice, it is possible to obtain a more com-
plete amino acid profile, including GABA.
Rice has been cultivated in Asia likely over 10,000 years.
Cooked rice can contain Bacillus cereus spores,
which produce an emetic toxin when left at 4°C–60°C [4].
When storing cooked rice for use the next day, rapid
cooling is advised to reduce the risk of toxin production. African rice has been cultivated for 3500 years. Between
Rice flour and starch often are used in batters and 1500 and 800 BC, O. glaberrima propagated from its ori-
breadings to increase crispiness. ginal centre, the Niger River delta, and extended to
Senegal. However, it never developed far from its origin-
al region. Its cultivation even declined in favour of the
Rice growing ecology Asian species, possibly brought to the African continent
Rice can be grown in different ecologies, depending by Arabs coming from the east coast between the 7th
upon water availability.[13] and 11th centuries CE.
1. , which is drought prone, favors medium depth; In parts of Africa under Islam, rice was chiefly grown
waterlogged, submergence, and flood prone in southern Morocco. During the tenth century rice was
2. , grown in both the wet season and the dry season also brought to east Africa by Muslim traders. Although,
3. or floating rice the diffusion of rice in much sub-Saharan Africa remains
4. uncertain, Muslims brought it to the region stretching
5. , also known as ’Ghaiya rice’, well known for its from Lake Chad to the White Nile.[15]
drought tolerance[14]
Middle East
History of domestication & According to Zohary and Hopf (2000, p. 91), O. sativa was
introduced to the Middle East in Hellenistic times, and
cultivation was familiar to both Greek and Roman writers. They re-
port that a large sample of rice grains was recovered
Asia from a grave at Susa in Iran (dated to the first century

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Christian conquest, although historians are not cer-

Muslims also brought rice to Sicily, where it was an
important crop.[15]
After the middle of the 15th century, rice spread
throughout Italy and then France, later propagating to
all the continents during the age of European

Caribbean and Latin America

Rice is not native to the Americas but was introduced to
the Caribbean and South America by European colon-
izers at an early date with Spanish colonizers introdu-
cing Asian rice to Mexico in the 1520s at Veracruz and
Rice crop in Madagascar
the Portuguese and their African slaves introducing it at
about the same time to Colonial Brazil.[16] Recent schol-
arship suggests that African slaves played an active role
in the establishment of rice in the New World and that
African rice was an important crop from an early peri-
od.[17] In either case, varieties of rice and bean dishes
were a staple dish along the peoples of West Africa and
they remained a staple among their descendants subjec-
ted to slavery in the Spanish New World colonies and
elsewhere in the Americas.[18]

United States

The actual and hypothesized cultivation of rice (areas shown

in green) in the Old World (both Muslim and non-Muslim re-
gions) during Islamic times (700-1500). Cultivation of rice
during pre-Islamic times have been shown in orange.[15]

AD) at one end of the ancient world, while at the same

time rice was grown in the Po valley in Italy. However,
Pliny the Elder writes that rice (oryza) is grown only in
"Egypt, Syria, Cilicia, Asia Minor and Greece" (N.H.
After the rise of Islam, rice was grown anywhere
there was enough water to irrigate it. Thus, desert oases,
river valleys, and swamp lands were all important South Carolina rice plantation (Mansfield Plantation,
sources of rice during the Muslim Agricultural Revolu-
In 1694, rice arrived in South Carolina, probably origin-
In Iraq rice was grown in some areas of southern
ating from Madagascar.[19]
Iraq. With the rise of Islam it moved north to Nisibin, the
In the United States, colonial South Carolina and Ge-
southern shores of the Caspian Sea and then beyond the
orgia grew and amassed great wealth from the slave
Muslim world into the valley of Volga. In Palestine, rice
labor obtained from the Senegambia area of West Africa
came to be grown in the Jordan valley. Rice is also grown
and from coastal Sierra Leone. At the port of Charleston,
in Yemen.[15]
through which 40% of all American slave imports passed,
slaves from this region of Africa brought the highest
prices, in recognition of their prior knowledge of rice
The Muslims (later known as Moors) brought Asiatic rice culture, which was put to use on the many rice planta-
to the Iberian Peninsula in the tenth century. Records tions around Georgetown, Charleston, and Savannah.
indicate it was grown in Valencia and Majorca. In Ma- From the slaves, plantation owners learned how to dyke
jorca, rice cultivation seems to have stopped after the the marshes and periodically flood the fields. At first the

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rice was milled by hand with wooden paddles, then win- Rice cultivation began in California during the Cali-
nowed in sweetgrass baskets (the making of which was fornia Gold Rush, when an estimated 40,000 Chinese
another skill brought by the slaves). The invention of laborers immigrated to the state and grew small
the rice mill increased profitability of the crop, and the amounts of the grain for their own consumption.
addition of water power for the mills in 1787 by mill- However, commercial production began only in 1912 in
wright Jonathan Lucas was another step forward. Rice the town of Richvale in Butte County.[22] By 2006, Cali-
culture in the southeastern U.S. became less profitable fornia produced the second largest rice crop in the Un-
with the loss of slave labor after the American Civil War, ited States,[23] after Arkansas, with production concen-
and it finally died out just after the turn of the 20th cen- trated in six counties north of Sacramento.[24] Unlike
tury. Today, people can visit the only remaining rice the Mississippi Delta region, California’s production is
plantation in South Carolina that still has the original dominated by short- and medium-grain japonica variet-
winnowing barn and rice mill from the mid-1800s at the ies, including cultivars developed for the local climate
historic Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown, SC. The such as Calrose, which makes up as much as eighty five
predominant strain of rice in the Carolinas was from percent of the state’s crop.[25]
Africa and was known as "Carolina Gold." The cultivar References to wild rice in the Americas are to the un-
has been preserved and there are current attempts to related Zizania palustris
reintroduce it as a commercially grown crop.[20] More than 100 varieties of rice are commercially
produced primarily in six states (Arkansas, Texas, Louisi-
ana, Mississippi, Missouri, and California) in the U.S.[26]
According to estimates for the 2006 crop year, rice pro-
duction in the U.S. is valued at $1.88 billion, approxim-
ately half of which is expected to be exported. The U.S.
provides about 12% of world rice trade.[26] The majority
of domestic utilization of U.S. rice is direct food use
(58%), while 16 percent is used in processed foods and
beer respectively. The remaining 10 percent is found in
pet food.[26]

Although attempts to grow rice in the well-watered
north of Australia have been made for many years, they
have consistently failed because of inherent iron and
manganese toxicities in the soils and destruction by
In the 1920s it was seen as a possible irrigation crop
on soils within the Murray-Darling Basin that were too
heavy for the cultivation of fruit and too infertile for
Because irrigation water, despite the extremely low
runoff of temperate Australia, was (and remains) very
cheap, the growing of rice was taken up by agricultural
groups over the following decades. Californian varieties
of rice were found suitable for the climate in the River-
ina, and the first mill opened at Leeton in 1951.
American long-grain rice plants Even before this Australia’s rice production greatly
exceeded local needs,[27] and rice exports to Japan have
In the southern United States, rice has been grown in become a major source of foreign currency. Above-aver-
southern Arkansas, Louisiana, and east Texas since the age rainfall from the 1950s to the middle 1990s[28] en-
mid 1800s. Many Cajun farmers grew rice in wet marshes couraged the expansion of the Riverina rice industry,
and low lying prairies where they could also farm cray- but its prodigious water use in a practically waterless re-
fish when the fields were flooded[21]. In recent years rice gion began to attract the attention of environmental sci-
production has risen in North America, especially in the entists. These became severely concerned with declining
Mississippi River Delta areas in the states of Arkansas flow in the Snowy River and the lower Murray River.
and Mississippi. Although rice growing in Australia is exceedingly ef-
ficient and highly profitable due to the cheapness of

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land, several recent years of severe drought have led India 125
many to call for its elimination because of its effects on
Egypt 39
extremely fragile aquatic ecosystems. The Australian
rice industry is somewhat opportunistic, with the area Indonesia 37
planted varying significantly from season to season de- Bangladesh 26
pending on water allocations in the Murray and Mur-
Brazil 24
rumbidgee irrigation regions.
Vietnam 18
World production and trade Thailand 10
Myanmar 10
Production and export Philippines 9.7
Japan 8.7
Mexico 7.3
South Korea 5.0
United States 3.9
Malaysia 2.7
Paddy rice output in 2005. United States Department of Agriculture

World production of rice[29] has risen steadily from Between 1961 and 2002, per capita consumption of rice
about 200 million tonnes of paddy rice in 1960 to 600 increased by 40%. By 2007 annual world wide per capita
million tonnes in 2004. Milled rice is about 68% of paddy rice consumption stood at 127 kg[34].
rice by weight. In the year 2004, the top four producers Rice consumption is highest in Asia, where average
were China (26% of world production), India (20%), In- per capita consumption is higher than 80 kg/person per
donesia (9%) and Bangladesh. year. In the subtropics such as South America, Africa,
World trade figures are very different, as only about and the Middle East, per capita consumption averages
5–6% of rice produced is traded internationally. The between 30 and 60 kg/person per year. People in the de-
largest three exporting countries are Thailand (26% of veloped West, including Europe and the United States,
world exports), Vietnam (15%), and the United States consume less than 10 kg/person per year.[35][36]
(11%), while the largest three importers are Indonesia Rice is the most important crop in Asia. In Cambodia,
(14%), Bangladesh (4%), and Brazil (3%). Although China for example, 90% of the total agricultural area is used for
and India are the top two largest producers of rice in the rice production. See The Burning of the Rice by Don Puck-
world, both countries consume the majority of the rice ridge for the story of rice production in Cambodia [5].
produced domestically leaving little to be traded U.S. rice consumption has risen sharply over the past
internationally. 25 years, fueled in part by commercial applications such
as beer production.[37] Almost one in five adult Americ-
Price ans now report eating at least half a serving of white or
In March to May 2008, the price of rice rose greatly due brown rice per day.[38]
to a rice shortage. In late April 2008, rice prices hit 24
cents a pound, twice the price that it was seven months Environmental impacts
earlier.[30] In many countries where rice is the main cereal crop,
On the 30th of April, 2008, Thailand announced the rice cultivation is responsible for most of the methane
project of the creation of the Organisation of Rice Ex- emissions.[39] Farmers in some of the arid regions try to
porting Countries (OREC) with the potential to develop cultivate rice using groundwater bored through pumps,
into a price-fixing cartel for rice.[31][32] thus increasing the chances of famine in the long run.
Rice also requires much more water to produce than
Worldwide consumption other grains.[40]
As sea levels rise, rice will become more inclined to
Consumption of rice by country—2003/2004 remain flooded for longer periods of time. Longer stays
(million metric ton)[33] in water cuts the soil off from atmospheric oxygen and
China 135 causes fermentation of organic matter in the soil. During
the wet season, rice cannot hold the carbon in anaerobic

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conditions. The microbes in the soil convert the carbon Ortman 1978) describes host plants which insects prefer
into methane which is then released through the respir- to avoid; antibiosis is where insect survival is reduced
ation of the rice plant or through diffusion of water. after the ingestion of host tissue; and tolerance is the ca-
Current contributions of methane from agriculture is pacity of a plant to produce high yield or retain high
~15% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, as estimated quality despite insect infestation. Over time, the use of
by the IPCC. Further rise in sea level of 10-85 centi- pest resistant rice varieties selects for pests that are able
meters would then stimulate the release of more meth- to overcome these mechanisms of resistance. When a
ane into the air by rice plants. Methane is twenty times rice variety is no longer able to resist pest infestations,
more effective as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide resistance is said to have broken down. Rice varieties
is.[41] that can be widely grown for many years in the presence
of pests, and retain their ability to withstand the pests
Pests and diseases are said to have durable resistance. Mutants of popular
rice varieties are regularly screened by plant breeders to
Rice pests are any organisms or microbes with the po- discover new sources of durable resistance (e.g. Liu et al.
tential to reduce the yield or value of the rice crop (or of 2005, Sangha et al. 2008).
rice seeds)[42] (Jahn et al. 2007). Rice pests include Major rice pests include the brown planthopper[10]
weeds, pathogens, insects, rodents, and birds. A variety (Preap et al. 2006), armyworms[11], the green leafhop-
of factors can contribute to pest outbreaks, including the per, the rice gall midge (Jahn and Khiev 2004), the rice
overuse of pesticides and high rates of nitrogen fertilizer bug (Jahn et al. 2004c), hispa (Murphy et al. 2006), the
application (e.g. Jahn et al. 2005) [6]. Weather conditions rice leaffolder, stemborer, rats (Leung et al. 2002), and
also contribute to pest outbreaks. For example, rice gall the weed Echinochloa crusgali (Pheng et al. 2001). Rice
midge and army worm outbreaks tend to follow high weevils[12] are also known to be a threat to rice crops in
rainfall early in the wet season, while thrips outbreaks the US, PR China and Taiwan.
are associated with drought (Douangboupha et al. 2006). Major rice diseases include Rice Ragged Stunt,
One of the challenges facing crop protection special- Sheath Blight and Tungro. Rice blast, caused by the
ists is to develop rice pest management techniques fungus Magnaporthe grisea, is the most significant disease
which are sustainable. In other words, to manage crop affecting rice cultivation.
pests in such a manner that future crop production is
not threatened (Jahn et al. 2001). Rice pests are managed
by cultural techniques, pest-resistant rice varieties, and
pesticides (which include insecticide). Increasingly, While most breeding of rice is carried out for crop qual-
there is evidence that farmers’ pesticide applications are ity and productivity, there are varieties selected for oth-
often unnecessary (Jahn et al. 1996, 2004a,b) [7] [8] [9]. er reasons such as texture, smell and squishiness. Cul-
By reducing the populations of natural enemies of rice tivars exist that are adapted to deep flooding, and these
pests (Jahn 1992), misuse of insecticides can actually are generally called ’floating rice’ [13].
lead to pest outbreaks (Cohen et al. 1994). Botanicals, so- The largest collection of rice cultivars is at the Inter-
called “natural pesticides”, are used by some farmers in national Rice Research Institute (IRRI), with over 100,000
an attempt to control rice pests, but in general the prac- rice accessions [14] held in the International Rice Gene-
tice is not common. Upland rice is grown without stand- bank [15]. Rice cultivars are often classified by their
ing water in the field. Some upland rice farmers in Cam- grain shapes and texture. For example, Thai Jasmine rice
bodia spread chopped leaves of the bitter bush (Chro- is long-grain and relatively less sticky, as long-grain rice
molaena odorata (L.)) over the surface of fields after contains less amylopectin than short-grain cultivars.
planting. The practice probably helps the soil retain Chinese restaurants usually serve long-grain as plain un-
moisture and thereby facilitates seed germination. seasoned steamed rice. Japanese mochi rice and Chinese
Farmers also claim the leaves are a natural fertilizer and sticky rice are short-grain. Chinese people use sticky rice
helps suppress weed and insect infestations (Jahn et al. which is properly known as "glutinous rice" (note: glu-
1999). tinous refer to the glue-like characteristic of rice; does
Among rice cultivars there are differences in the re- not refer to "gluten") to make zongzi. The Japanese table
sponses to, and recovery from, pest damage (Jahn et al. rice is a sticky, short-grain rice. Japanese sake rice is an-
2004c, Khiev et al. 2000). Therefore, particular cultivars other kind as well.
are recommended for areas prone to certain pest prob- Indian rice cultivars include long-grained and aro-
lems. The genetically based ability of a rice variety to matic Basmati (grown in the North), long and medium-
withstand pest attacks is called resistance. Three main grained Patna rice and short-grained Sona Masoori (also
types of plant resistance to pests are recognized (Painter spelled Sona Masuri). In the state of Tamil Nadu, the
1951, Smith 2005): as nonpreference, antibiosis, and tol- most prized cultivar is ponni which is primarily grown in
erance. Nonpreference (or antixenosis) (Kogan and the delta regions of Kaveri River. Kaveri is also referred

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to as ponni in the South and the name reflects the geo-

graphic region where it is grown. In the Western Indian
state of Maharashtra, a short grain variety called Ambe-
mohar is very popular. this rice has a characteristic fra- High-yielding varieties
grance of Mango blossom. The High Yielding Varieties are a group of crops created
intentionally during the Green Revolution to increase
global food production. Rice, like corn and wheat, was
genetically manipulated to increase its yield. This pro-
ject enabled labor markets in Asia to shift away from ag-
riculture, and into industrial sectors. The first "modern
rice", IR8 was produced in 1966 at the International Rice
Research Institute which is based in the Philippines at
the University of the Philippines’ Los Banos site. IR8 was
created through a cross between an Indonesian variety
named "Peta" and a Chinese variety named "Dee Geo
Woo Gen."[44]
With advances in molecular genetics, the mutant
genes responsible for reduced height(rht), gibberellin
Unpolished long-grain rice grains with bran
insensitive (gai1) and slender rice (slr1) in Arabidopsis
and rice were identified as cellular signaling compon-
ents of gibberellic acid (a phytohormone involved in
regulating stem growth via its effect on cell division)
and subsequently cloned. Stem growth in the mutant
background is significantly reduced leading to the dwarf
phenotype. Photosynthetic investment in the stem is re-
duced dramatically as the shorter plants are inherently
more stable mechanically. Assimilates become redirec-
ted to grain production, amplifying in particular the ef-
fect of chemical fertilizers on commercial yield. In the
presence of nitrogen fertilizers, and intensive crop man-
agement, these varieties increase their yield two to
three times.
Polished Indian sona masuri rice grains
Potentials for the future
Aromatic rices have definite aromas and flavours; the
As the UN Millennium Development project seeks to
most noted cultivars are Thai fragrant rice, Basmati, Pat-
spread global economic development to Africa, the
na rice, and a hybrid cultivar from America sold under
"Green Revolution" is cited as the model for economic
the trade name, Texmati. Both Basmati and Texmati
development. With the intent of replicating the success-
have a mild popcorn-like aroma and flavour. In Indone-
ful Asian boom in agronomic productivity, groups like
sia there are also red and black cultivars.
the Earth Institute are doing research on African agri-
High-yield cultivars of rice suitable for cultivation in
cultural systems, hoping to increase productivity. An
Africa and other dry ecosystems called the new rice for
important way this can happen is the production of
Africa (NERICA) cultivars have been developed. It is
"New Rices for Africa" (NERICA). These rices, selected to
hoped that their cultivation will improve food security
tolerate the low input and harsh growing conditions of
in West Africa.
African agriculture are produced by the African Rice
Draft genomes for the two most common rice cul-
Center, and billed as technology from Africa, for Africa.
tivars, indica and japonica, were published in April 2002.
The NERICA have appeared in The New York Times (Octo-
Rice was chosen as a model organism for the biology of
ber 10, 2007) and International Herald Tribune (October 9,
grasses because of its relatively small genome (~430
2007), trumpeted as miracle crops that will dramatically
megabase pairs). Rice was the first crop with a complete
increase rice yield in Africa and enable an economic
genome sequence.[43]
On December 16, 2002, the UN General Assembly de-
clared the year 2004 the International Year of Rice. The
declaration was sponsored by more than 40 countries.
Golden rice
German and Swiss researchers have engineered rice to
produce Beta-carotene, with the intent that it might

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