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Methods Mol Biol. 2011;678:129-38. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-682-5_10.

Methods for rice phenomics studies.

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  • 1Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Wufeng, Taichung, Taiwan.


With the completion of the rice genome sequencing project, the next major challenge is the large-scale determination of gene function. A systematic phenotypic profiling of mutant collections will provide major insights into gene functions important for crop growth or production. Thus, detailed phenomics analysis is the key to functional genomics. Currently, the two major types of rice mutant collections are insertional mutants and chemical or irradiation-induced mutants. Here we describe how to manipulate a rice mutant population, including conducting phenomics studies and the subsequent propagation and seed storage. We list the phenotypes screened and also describe how to collect data systematically for a database of the qualitative and quantitative phenotypic traits. Thus, data on mutant lines, phenotypes, and segregation rate for all kinds of mutant populations, as well as integration sites for insertional mutant populations, would be searchable, and the collection would be a good resource for rice functional genomics study.

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