Transgenes in cultivated rice, wild rice and related genera genetic resources

Contributors to this page: T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Centre-IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines (Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, Ken McNally, Flora de Guzman, Renato Reaño, Soccie Almazan, Adelaida Alcantara, Elizabeth Naredo); WARDA, Cotonou, Benin (Ines Sánchez); UPLB-University of the Philippines at Los Baños (Teresita Borromeo).

Transgene detection in seed banks is important for those crops that have undergone transgenic events and where transgenic varieties have been used in the area of collection. However, transgenic rice has been detected adventitiously in many countries that officially have no transgenic rice. Click here for more information about IRRI policies.

Inspecting Vitamin A rice plants being grown inside a CL4 facility at IRRI (photo: IRRI)

List of current transgenes

Transgenic rice is not yet officially released anywhere. However, transgenic rice is being developed and unintentional releases have occurred, namely:

Determination methods

Recording information during transgenes determination

The following information should be recorded for each step:

References and further reading

Golden rice project [homepage] [online]. 2009. Available from: Date accessed: 10 July 2013.

Lemaux GP. LL601 Rice. What Is It & What Does It Mean? Available from: Date accessed: 10 July 2013.

IRRI. 1997. Bt rice: Research and policy issues. IRRI Information Series No. 5. International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. ISSN 0117-3715. Available from: Date accessed: 10 July 2013.

Wang Y, Jonhston S. 2007. The status of GM rice R&D in China. Nature Biotechnology. 25:717-718. Abstract available from: Date accessed: 10 July 2013.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.