HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 22 no. 2 (1997)

Rice Varieties of Kerala as Restorers and Maintainers for Wild Abortive Cytoplasmic Male Sterile Lines

S L. Kumari | G Valarmathi | T Joseph | M T. Kanakamany | N K. Nayar

Discipline: Agriculture



Rice hybrids developed and released by research stations and private companies in India have limited adoption in Kerala because consumers there prefer bold, red kernel rice varieties. Hybrid rice programs were initiated recently to boost production in the state, where rice is the staple food for more than 90% of the population. As a first step, we identified restorers and maintainers for the exotic cytoplasmic male sterile (CMS) lines collected from other rice centers.