Rice Rice Baby

Michael R. Schläppi, a researcher at Marquette University, Wisconsin, has determined that certain rice varieties are suitable for cultivation in a cold climate such as Wisconsin's. NIFA supported Schläppi’s work with an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant to study the mechanisms of cold stress tolerance in rice. The AFRI grant provided funds to screen and re-screen hundreds of germplasm from the USDA rice collection and to perform field evaluations of selected rice lines generated for this project.