Inaugural UK Rice Research Consortium showcases work from across the N8

Research by one of N8 AgriFood’s chairs has been featured on the inaugural website of the newly established UK Rice Research Consortium.

The Consortium has been established to highlight the breadth and quality of rice research being undertaken within the UK, and to provide a focal point for building new networks both within the UK and with international partners.

Projects from researchers across the N8’s universities is included among the Consortium’s work listed on its new website

Among the research collated is a piece of work by N8 AgriFood’s Chair and Academic Lead at Durham University, Ari Sadanandom, pictured right. Professor Sadanandom has been working with Professor Michael Holdsworth from the University of Nottingham and Dr Shalabh Dixit fo the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, on a project entitled “Exploiting protein modification systems to boost flooding tolerance in rice”.

Other research featured by the Consortium from N8 Institutions includes:

  • A project by Professor Andrew Fleming from the University of Sheffield to produce a 3D model of photosynthesis to inform on rice leaf performance
  • Work by Professor Julie Gray, from the University of Sheffield, into stomatal numbers and their possible role in drought and heat stress tolerance
  • Research by Professor Andy Jones, from the University of Liverpool, into the integration of proteomics and genomics to support next-generation rice research
  • Work by Professor Frans Maathuis, from the University of York, into developing drought and salt tolerant rice varieties.