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Performance of Soft Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Grown in Early Season in China

Xiaohong Yin1, Hengdong Zhang1, Jiana Chen1, Ruichun Zhang2, Longsheng Liu2, Min Huang1,*, Guanghui Chen1, Yingbin Zou1

1 Crop and Environment Research Center for Human Health, College of Agronomy, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, 410128, China
2 Hengyang Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Santang, 421101, China

* Corresponding Author: Min Huang. Email: email

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2020, 89(1), 97-102.


Eating quality is of paramount importance to rice (Oryza sativa L.) consumers and soft rice with low amylose content has become popular in China. This study was conducted to evaluate the performance of soft rice grown in the early season (ES) dominated by non-soft rice. Field experiments were conducted in Yongan and Santang, Hunan Province, China from 2016-2018. Results showed that grain amylose content in soft rice cultivars was consistently lower in the ES compared to the late season (LS). The lower grain amylose content in the ES compared to the LS was partly attributed to higher average daily mean temperature during grain filling. No significant relationship was observed between grain yield and seed amylose content in ES rice. Soft rice cultivars produced a similar average grain yield to non-soft rice cultivars in the ES. These results encourage breeders to develop more ES rice cultivars with soft texture to meet the consumer demand for this type of rice.


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Yin, X., Zhang, H., Chen, J., Zhang, R., Liu, L. et al. (2020). Performance of Soft Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Grown in Early Season in China. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 89(1), 97–102.


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