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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 3 (2002), Issue 2, Pages 161-163
Conference Review

An Introduction to the China Rice Functional Genomics Program

1Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
2The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100864 and Beijing University, Beijing 100871, China

Received 28 January 2002; Accepted 30 January 2002

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The China Rice Functional Genomics Program (CRFGP) was initiated in 1999 by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China under the National Basic Sciences Initiative and was expected to last for an initial period of five years. The CRFGP involves 20 research groups from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and some major universities and focuses on the identification of genes controlling flowering, plant architecture, fertility, reproduction, metabolic controls and stress responses in rice through a combinatorial approach based on genetics, molecular biology and functional genomics as well as the generation of intellectual properties related to crop breeding and improvements. We will briefly describe the mission of the CRFGP as well as its recent progress.