All domesticated rice traced back to China

Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A new study has revealed that all domesticated varieties of rice originated from China thousands of years ago.

Using large-scale gene re-sequencing, Purugganan and a team of researchers traced the origins of domesticated rice as far back as 9,000 years ago to China’s Yangtze Valley, according to a May 2 press release from New York University.

The tens of thousands of kinds of rice available in the world today are mostly varieties of either japonica or indica, the two major subspecies of Asian rice, Oryza sativa.

It had been a subject of scientific debate whether these two subspecies had a common origin, or developed separately in China and India.

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Story: TJ Dimacali, GMA News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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