Temasek Rice in global seed vault
Dr Yin Zhongchao, a senior principal investigator at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), and his team worked to understand how plants deal with stresses at the molecular level and how rice interacts with the environment and builds up natural defence mechanisms.
They also tapped proprietary know-how and modern breeding technology to rapidly generate a library of new and improved rice varieties.
Temasek Rice, one of the seven rice varieties TLL contributed to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, is one such example.
The hardy grain has a nice fragrance and shorter and sturdier stalks than regular rice varieties. It is a high-yielding variety which can naturally resist bacterial and fungal diseases as well as overcome environmental challenges such as floods, said a TLL spokesman.
TLL’s chief executive officer Peter Chia said: “Research projects at TLL are shaped with sustainability and social responsibility in mind. In the case of Temasek Rice, we work with like-minded partners... and bring about further developmental efforts to benefit lives and the environment and create value for businesses.”