Rice board approves $1.3M for research projects

11/17/2012 7:45 AM
By Associated Press

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — Soil scientist David Weindorf has received funding for research into how to quickly measure the amount of salt and zinc in rice fields. Economist Mike Salassi has been awarded a grant for an economic analysis of rice production and farm management in Louisiana.

They're among 14 LSU AgCenter researchers who shared $1.3 million from the Louisiana Rice Research Board.

The board approved money for 17 projects in October.

The board decides how to use money from a 5-cent fee collected on every 100 pounds of rice produced and sold in Louisiana.

Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, says the check-off program is a major source of research funding.

The board allocated money to Linscombe for a rice-breeding nursery, to enhance rice research and extension communications and to develop superior rice varieties for Louisiana.

Other projects that received funding from the board included:

—Integrated management strategies for insect pests of rice in Louisiana, Mike Stout, entomologist.

—Characterization and use of genetic traits for resistance to multiple diseases of rice, Jong Hyun Ham, plant pathologist.

—Study of the biology and management of Cercospora disease in rice, Clayton Hollier, plant pathologist.

—Weed management, Eric Webster, weed scientist.

—Breeding rice varieties with tolerance to salt and other stresses, Prasanta Subudhi, plant breeder.

—Development of disease control in rice, Don Groth, plant pathologist.

—Rice management strategies for efficient use of agronomic inputs and natural resources, Dustin Harrell, agronomist.

—Marker-assisted breeding and development of molecular markers for important traits in Louisiana rice production, Herry Utomo, molecular biologist.

—Characterization of high-protein rice lines and development of herbicide-resistant rice, Ida Wenefrida, rice researcher.

—Development of hybrid rice and sheath blight-resistant germplasm, James Oard, geneticist.

—Rice research verification program, Johnny Saichuk, rice specialist.

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