G-string slippage turns white rice red

David Lee, Elisabetta Lupotto, Wayne Powell

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The mutations that convey the white pericarp phenotype to rice (Oryza sativa subsp. japonica) are in a regulatory gene, Rc. We have identified a genetic difference between the cultivar ‘Perla’ and its natural red rice mutant ‘Perla Rosso’ in the Rc gene. The deletion of a G base restores the reading frame for the Rc gene, lost by the original 14 bp deletion that gave rise to white rice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 02 May 2009


  • rice (Oryza sativa subsp. japonica)
  • red pericarp
  • Rc
  • revertamt
  • domestication


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