31. Rice: Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Drought Tolerance

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja5,6,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill5,7,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio8 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja5
  1. Prashant Vikram1,
  2. Arvind Kumar2,
  3. Alok Singh3 and
  4. Nagendra K. Singh4

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch31

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

How to Cite

Vikram, P., Kumar, A., Singh, A. and Singh, N. K. (2012) Rice: Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Drought Tolerance, in Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2 (eds N. Tuteja, S. S. Gill, A. F. Tiburcio and R. Tuteja), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 5

    International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Plant Molecular Biology Group, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067, India

  2. 6

    MD University, Centre for Biotechnology, Rohtak 124 001, Haryana, India

  3. 7

    Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Botany, Aligarh 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

  4. 8

    Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal, Facultat de Farmàcia, Av. Joan XXIII, S/N, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Plant Breeding genetics and Biotechnology Division, International rice Research Institute, DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, The Philippines-4030

  2. 2

    International Rice Research Institute, Las Banos, Metro Manila 4030, Philippines, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh 222 002, India

  3. 3

    T.D.P.G. College, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, UP 222 002, India

  4. 4

    Indian Agricultural Research Institute, NRC on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi 110 012, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • breeding;
  • comparative genomics;
  • drought tolerance;
  • proteomics;
  • quantitative trait loci;
  • rice;
  • transcriptomics


Rice is a major source of global food calories. Increasing population pressure, unpredictable rainfall patterns, shrinking fresh water resources, and increased frequency of severe drought spells in recent years are the reasons behind putting concerted efforts toward breeding drought-tolerant rice cultivars much needed by the rice farmers. Attempts to breed rice for stress environments have made limited progress so far, but success with recent research on identification of major QTL (quantitative trait loci) for grain yield under drought shows that genomics-assisted breeding could be a viable alternative to enhance grain yield under drought. Major QTL with consistent effects on grain yield under drought and different drought-related traits have been mapped on rice chromosome 1, 2, 3, 9, and 12 and search is on for the genes underlying these QTL. Direct selection for yield under drought has emerged as an important criterion for both conventional and molecular breeding approaches. Transgenic rice with overexpression of transcription factors such as DREB1 and SNAC1 has shown considerable promise, but its use in breeding is still impeded.