Production of rice with traits for creating new demand


Sachio Maruyama

Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba





Rice cultivars with new grain quality have been developed for creating new demand. The low-amylose cultivars have good quality processing into frozen cooked rice, the low-glutelin cultivars are for patients with kidney diseases, and the large-embryo cultivars are processed pre-germinated brown rice as health foods. Another approach for creating new demand is forage rice, in which whole rice plant is used as a feed for dairy cows and beef cattle. The cultivars for whole crop silage, the lactic acid bacteria for rice forage, and the roll bale harvester for paddy field work have been developed for the recycling system of rice cultivation and livestock farming.