Special Issue "High-Yield Rice Physiology & Genetics"

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2022
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Guest Editors
Dr. Dali Zeng, China National Rice Research Institute, China
Dr. Xiangyang Hu, Shanghai University, China


Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is the most important food crop in the world, being a staple food for more than half of the world's human population, especially in Asia. It plays an important role in global food security. Rice is also the first crop plant to have its genome sequenced, which promotes the establishment of the relatively complete research methods and a broad research base. Facing the challenge of global climate change and increasing food consumption, it is important to deeply analyze the physiological characteristics and genetic basis of high-yield rice for solving the growing food security problems in the world.


Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

1) Physiological characteristics and yield of Rice

2) Abiotic and biotic stress on physiology and biochemistry of rice

3) Genomics-assisted breeding in rice

4) Analyses of yield and yield-related traits in rice

5) Grain yields of rice and environment (soil)

Rice; Yield; Genetics; Physiology

Published Papers
  • Exploration and Validation of the Potential Downstream Genes Underlying ipa1-2D Locus for Rice Panicle Branching
  • Abstract In recent years, some super hybrid rice varieties were bred with strong culms and large panicles, which are mainly contributed by the ipa1-2D locus. A gain-of-function allele of OsSPL14 is the ipa1-2D and it can greatly increase the panicle primary branch number. However, the key downstream genes mediating this trait variation are not fully explored. In this study, we developed high-quality near-isogenic lines (NILs) with a difference of only 30 kb chromosomal segment covering the ipa1-2D locus. Using the NILs, we explored the impact of ipa1-2D on five sequential stages of early inflorescence development, and found that the locus can… More
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  • Fine Mapping and Candidate Gene Prediction of the Quantitative Trait Locus qPL8 for Panicle Length in Rice
  • Abstract Rice panicle is the sink organ where assimilation product accumulates, and its morphology determines the rice yield. Panicle length has been suggested as a yield-related trait, but the genetic factor for its control is still limited. In this study, we carried out fine-mapping of qPL8, a QTL identified for panicle length in our previous work. Near isogenic line (NIL) with qPL8 exhibited elongated panicle without obvious effect on other panicle elements. With five key recombinants from NIL population, the locus was finally narrowed down to a 278-kb region, where 44 genes are annotated. By comparing the genomic sequence of two… More
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  • Phenotype Analysis and Fine Mapping of the Male Sterile Mutant ms10 in Rice (Oryza sativa L.)
  • Abstract There is a positive correlation between fertility and yield, and the decrease of fertility is bound to a greatly reduced crop yield. Male sterile mutants can be used in hybrid rice. Therefore, rice male sterility has an important value in research and application, and the study of related mutants is also very vital. The mutant ms10 (male sterile 10) reported in this study was induced by ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) in the indica maintainer line Xinong 1B. There was no significant difference between the ms10 and wild type in the vegetative growth stage. However, in the reproductive growth stage, ms10 More
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  • Effects of Different Potassium (K) Fertilizer Rates on Yield Formation and Lodging of Rice
  • Abstract As one of the most important nutrients for plants, potassium (K) has substantial effects on growth and development of crops. Present study was conducted in three different sites in South China in late season in 2019 with the objective to study the effects of different applied amounts of K fertilizer on yield formation and lodging of rice. Four K fertilizer treatments, K0: 0 kg potassium oxide (K2O) ha−1 (control); K1: 64.20 kg K2O ha−1 ; K2: 128.55 kg K2O ha−1 and K3 153.90 kg K2O ha−1 were applied in the field experiment. The results showed that K2 and K3 treatments… More
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