In Asia there are some tropical varieties of rice which are highly tolerant to salinity but which cannot be grown in the Mediterranean climate and are not commercially viable. It has recently been discovered that the salinity tolerance of these tropical Asian varieties is due to the presence of a chromosome segment called Saltol. Traditional, non-transgenic improvement techniques will be used to incorporate this feature into the commercial European varieties.

In this video, University of Barcelona researcher, Xavier Serrat, explains the breeding method UB is following to obtain new Europen salt tolerant rice varieties.

Students: Eduardo Ramos, Camilo López Cristoffanini, Anna Nogueres and Julia Hernández Baixauli