Journal of
Plant Breeding and Crop Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Plant Breed. Crop Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9758
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPBCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 409

Full Length Research Paper

Determination of genetic variability for physiological traits related to drought tolerance in African rice (Oryza glaberrima)

Isaac Kofi Bimpong1,2*, Rachid Serraj1, Joong Hyoun Chin1, Evelyn M.T. Mendoza3, Jose Hernandez3 and Merlyn S. Mendioro3
  1Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños 4030, Laguna, Philippines. 2Africa Rice Sahel Station, BP 96. St. Louis Senegal. 3University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Los Baños, Pili Drive, College, Los Baños 4031, Philipines.
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  •  Accepted: 11 April 2011
  •  Published: 30 April 2011



Relative water content, water potential and transpiration of Africa rice (Oryza glaberrima) were investigated in a controlled condition under phytotron. Two Oryza sativa cultivars, IR55423-01 (a drought tolerant genotype) and IR64 (drought sensitive genotype) and 8 O. glaberrima accessions were grown under droughted and watered conditions. The fraction of transpirable soil water (FTSW) was used as an indicator of water availability. Transpiration was determined by changes in daily pot weights and the ratio of transpiration of droughted to watered plants expressed as normalized transpiration ratio (NTR). The FTSW was greater in O. glaberrima accessions CG14, RAM118 and RAM 152 than all the O. sativachecks; suggesting that they might have the capacity to close their stomata earlier in response to drought stress, in other to keep transpiration rate similar to the rate of uptake of soil water resulting in maintenance of the water balance of the plant. RAM 3 had the greatest dehydration tolerance and some accessions such as RAM 134, RAM152 and RAM163 had lower dehydration tolerance than RAM 3, CG 14 and IR55423-01’ but survived longer suggesting that other avoidance mechanisms such as leaf movement and reduction of leaf area complemented these traits and enhanced their survival. In general, it is necessary to keep FTSW above 0.53, in order to keep transpiration and plant water status high in preventing reduction in dry matter production which will lead to higher yields.


Key words: Drought tolerance, O. glaberrimaO. sativa, fraction of transpirable soil water (FTSW), dehydration tolerance