Scientists are always looking for ways to grow growing plants more efficiently and one of the most studied plants of all is that of rice, one of the most widespread foods and on which the age of entire populations is based.
New research has come to discover a rice gene that makes this plant more resistant to different beta-triketone herbicides. This is a discovery that will prove useful for the cultivation of herbicide-resistant rice. The latter are necessary to control all the weeds but it happens that many of them are also toxic and can be partly absorbed by the plants especially when used excessively.
This is the speech of the Benzobicyclon (BBC), a beta-triketone type herbicide often used in rice fields because it is very effective for weeds. However this herbicide is toxic to many varieties of high yielding rice and for this reason, the researchers intended to understand if there was a gene responsible for this resistance.
Hideo Maeda and colleagues, therefore, made a point: they identified the HIS1 gene, the one responsible for conferring resistance to the BBC and to other beta-triketone herbicides.
Now the hope is that this result can be transformed into a practical effect with the creation of new varieties of rice lacking this gene that can withstand herbicides, unfortunately necessary.
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