Rice and Water

18 Jul 2018

At https://phys.org/print450598731.html ... rice is grown in rice paddies - a wetland environment. Why? Plants do not like excessive waterlogging - and some plants actively dislike it. On the other hand there are plant variants that adapt to watery conditions. For example water forget me not is a variation on the forget me not. Rice, I suppose, is a grass - a variation in related grasses. In S and SE Asia periodic flooding comes with the annual monsoon season - and can last several months at a time. Rice plants developed a strategy to cope with this, it is thought, and a gene in rice has been isolated. It allows rice to survive flood plain conditions - hence the paddy fields.