RGRC and Rice Research
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) initiated the Rice Genome Research Project in 1991 with the aim of elucidating the structure and function of the rice genome. This has paved the way for large-scale analysis of all expressed genes in rice, construction of a genetic map and establishment of a physical map of the genome. Then from 1998, the program for rice genome research has further expanded into the rice genome sequencing project, mutant panel project and full-length cDNA project. In the course of these studies, a huge amount of useful resources and biological materials have been generated. In order to provide researchers both within and outside Japan access to these materials as well as to promote basic and applied research in cereal genomics, the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) has established the Rice Genome Resource Center (RGRC) on April 1, 2003. In April 1 2016, NIAS marged to National Agriculture and Food Organization(NARO). Currently, our resources are distributed from Institute of Crop Science, NARO.
This center is currently providing access to the following biological materials:
1) Rice insertion mutant lines (Tos17)
2) Materials for genetic analysis
By distributing these resources to the wider research community, we hope to provide support to individual researchers in their quest for new scientific discoveries. At the same time, we also hope that together, we can make greater impact towards future advancements in rice genomics.
Rice Genome Resource Center