4. Septemember 1992
The Rice Genome Research Program (RGP) has produced the
first issue of its Newsletter, titled Rice Genome. The
newsletter aims to inform all researchers interested in
mapping and analyzing plant genomes. The main objective is
to enhance international cooperative research efforts for
rice genome analysis and for the isolation and utilization
of useful rice genes in plant breeding and biotechnology.
The Rice Genome Research Program (RGP) started on October 1,
1991. It is managed by the National Institute of
Agrobiological Resources (NIAR) and the Society for
Techno-innovation of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
(STAFF). The main center of research activity is at NIAR in
Tsukuba City near Tokyo. The first stage of RGP lasts for
The main objectives of the first stage are to provide a
physical map with DNA clones and a linkage map with genetic
and RFLP markers and conventional genetic markers in at
least 2000 positions. In addition, cDNA catalogues will be
made from different organs of rice for isolation of
agronomically important genes.
Funding is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan, and the Japan Racing
The newsletter Rice Genome
The first issue of the newsletter Rice Genome (Number 1,
vol. 1, July 1992) contains articles on the following
- an overview of the Rice Genome Research Program
- the current strategy of cDNA cataloguing
- RFLP linkage mapping
- physical mapping and chromosome mapping
In addition, information is given on how to request DNA
clones (cDNA and RFLP landmarkers).
The newsletter is available free of charge. To have your
name added to the mailing list, send your name and address to
the address below. Please indicate also the source of this announcement.
Dr. Ilkka Havukkala
Editorial Office of Rice Genome
Rice Genome Research Program (RGP)
National Institute of Agrobiological Resources
The next issue of the newsletter will be published in late
autumn 1992. We welcome news items and articles on rice genome
mapping and analysis from the international research community.