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UC Berkeley — Research on Drought-Tolerant Rice by Prof. Brian Staskawicz

A rice farm in rural India. This grant supports research seeking to increase the drought tolerance of Indian rice. (Photo by Ramnath Bhat)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
10/2018
Grant Amount 
$200,000
Purpose 
To support the editing of the rice genome for increased drought tolerance led by Professor Brian Staskawicz.
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Grant Investigators: Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 over three years to UC Berkeley to support Professor Brian Staskawicz’s work on CRISPR modifications to increase drought tolerance in Indian rice. It’s our understanding that sporadic drought has caused Indian rice yields to become erratic, which has negative impacts on the livelihood of about 100 million small farmers. The proposed experiments, which will be funded in part by a match from the Innovative Genomics Institute, will exploit recent advances in genome editing.

This discretionary grant follows our December 2016 support of a plant pathology workshop at UC Berkeley and falls within our interest in funding scientific research.