During recent decades, tremendous progress and innovations have been made in rice science with the goal of increasing production to meet the world’s growing demands. This new volume provides a concise overview of rice, covering the background and importance of rice; origin, evolution, and domestication of rice; and the world rice production. It goes on to provide new and important recent research advances on many different aspects of rice science and production. The authors look at advances in rice ideotypes, abiotic stress management techniques, biotic stress affecting crop productivity, new methods and technology for cultivation, and new methods and techniques in rice grain quality analysis and processing. It also describes new rice varieties, new hybrid rice technology, and new breeding methods for rice.
Table of Contents
1. Background and Importance of Rice 2. World Rice Production 3. Origin, Evolution, and Domestication of Rice 4. Rice Ideotype 5. Rice Botany 6. Physiological Basis of Rice Growth and Productivity 7. Research Advances in Abiotic Stress Management 8. Biotic Stress Affecting Crop Productivity 9. Methods of Cultivation 10. Rice Grain Quality Analysis, Food Quality, Chemistry, and Food Processing 11. Improvement of Rice: Rice Varieties and Hybrid Rice Technology 12. Research Advances in Breeding and Biotechnology of Rice
Ratikanta Maiti, PhD, DSc, was a world-renowned botanist and crop physiologist. A professor in Mexico for over 25 years, he was author of over 40 books and about 500 research papers and held many roles at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Vibha Seeds Hyderabad, Jute Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR), and others.
Narayan Chandra Sarkar, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at the Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati University, Sriniketan, West Bengal, India. Currently, he is engaged with Western Sydney University under the Australia India Council funded research projects. He has published 28 research papers in national and international journals and has six books in his credit.
Humberto González Rodríguez, PhD, is a faculty member at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales (School of Forest Sciences), Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is currently working on water relations and plant nutrition in native woody trees and shrubs, northeastern Mexico. In addition, his research includes nutrient deposition via litterfall in different forest ecosystems.
Ch. Aruna Kumari, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop Physiology at Agricultural College, Jagtial, Professor Jaya Shankar Telangana State Agricultural University, India. She has teaching experience as well as research experience at varied ICAR institutes and at Vibha Seeds. She is editor of several books and the author of book chapters in four books. She has also published over 50 research articles in national and international journals.
Sameena Begum is an Assistant Professor at the Agricultural College of the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, India. Her research has been focused on combining ability, gall midge resistance, and yield and quality traits in hybrid rice (Oryza sativa L.), and she identified two highly resistant hybrids.
Dasari Rajkumar is a rice breeder at Neo Seeds India Private Limited, Hyderabad, India. He has several publications to his credit, including two books and several research papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals. Currently he is working on various aspects of abiotic stress tolerance such as drought, salinity, heat on field crops (cotton, rice, maize, sunflower), and vegetable crops (tomato, chili, okra).