Rice


Rice, one of the most important cereal crop globally. Rice is an essential crop for feeding the populations of South and South East Asia. Wide yield gaps are still present in farmers' fields in Asia and closing these gaps can contribute to further increase in rice supply to meet future demands.

Rice cultivation faces challenges like land constraints, less water availability, climatic issues and diseases/pests. A large portion of crop loss in rice is due to disease/pests which can be controlled by the use of resistant plants, which will in turn give us a better yield.

Yellow Stem Borer (YSB) is seen throughout Asia and causes damage in every field every year. Larvae bore into the stems and eat their way down to the base of the plant hollowing out the stem leading to dead hearts and/or chaffy grains. Yield losses are around 30% but can reach up to 95% (Directorate of Rice Research, India). Farmers use pesticides worth 15-20 USD per acre for control of YSB and an estimated 2 Billion USD worth of pesticides are used every year for control of YSB in Asia.

YielDefend™: For the first time in the world, using Mutation Breeding technique, Tierra has developed seeds with YSB tolerance traits that lead to substantial yield gain and decrease in costs of pesticides for farmers. YielDefend™ is Tierra's proprietary non-GM technology for Yellow Stem Borer (YSB) tolerance that gives over 90% protection. The technology is in advanced stages of trials and will be commercially launched shortly.

Tierra has developed new Brown Plant Hopper tolerant lines which are suitable for seed production in any season.

We @ Tierra have also developed proprietary R lines pyramided with multiple genes having tolerance for 5 major biotic & abiotic stresses. These hybrids are in advanced stages of trials & are set to be commercialized in 2016. For product and trait licensing enquiries kindly contact here.

Hybrid Maturity(Days) Grain features Yield(t/h) Suitable areas Tolerance
TS 3501 135 Medium Slender 6.5 Eastern UP, AP, TS, WB, Orissa, Jharkhand Good tolerance to Bacterial Leaf Blight(BLB) and Moderate to Blast, Gall Midge and Brown Plant Hopper (BPH)
TS 3502 135 Medium Slender 6.3 Eastern UP, AP, TS, WB, Orissa, Jharkhand Good tolerance to Bacterial Leaf Blight(BLB) and Moderate to Blast, Gall Midge and Brown Plant Hopper (BPH)
TS 3503 135 Medium Slender 6.5 Eastern UP, AP, TS, WB, Orissa, Jharkhand Good tolerance to Blast and Moderate to Gall Midge, Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) and Sheath Blight
TS 3504 135 Medium Slender 6.3 Eastern UP, AP, TS, WB, Orissa, Jharkhand Good tolerance to Blast and Moderate to Gall Midge, Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) and Sheath Blight