Rice is one of the most important foods in the world. As the demand for rice continues to increase, there is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable. Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of rice at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 reviews research in physiology and breeding and its application to produce varieties with improved traits such as higher yields. It then goes on to discuss nutritional and other aspects of rice quality and the ways these can be enhanced. Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Volume 1: Breeding for higher quality and yield will be a standard reference for rice scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in rice cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews improvements in cultivation techniques, pest and disease management.

Part 1: Rice Breeding 1. Ensuring and Exploiting Genetic Diversity in Rice Jennifer Spindel and Susan McCouch, Cornell University, USA 2. Advances in Molecular Breeding Techniques for Rice R. B. Angeles-Shim and M. Ashikari, Nagoya University, Japan 3. Breeding Strategies to Improve Rice Yields: An Overview K. K. Jena and G. Ramkumar, International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines 4. Improving Photosynthesis in Rice: From Small Steps to Giant Leaps R. F. Sage, University of Toronto, Canada; and Shunsuke Adachi and Tadashi Hirasawa, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan 5. Breeding Green Super Rice (GSR) Varieties for Sustainable Rice Cultivation Z. Li, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China; and J. Ali,

International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines 6. Mechanisms of Drought Tolerance in Rice Anuj Kumar, Supratim Basu, Venkategowda Ramegowda and Andy Pereira, University of Arkansas, USA Part 2: Rice Nutritional and Processing Quality 7. Advances in Understanding the Role of Rice in Nutrition Melissa Fitzgerald, University of Queensland, Australia; Adoracion Resurreccion, International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines; and Julie Pua Ferraz, Diabetes Foundation Marikina and Calamba Doctors' Hospital, The Philippines 8. The Nutraceutical Properties of Rice Lu Yu, University of Maryland, USA; and Margaret Slavin and Mengyi Dong, George Mason University, USA 9. Biofortified Golden Rice: An Additional Intervention for Vitamin A Deficiency Adrian Dubock, Golden Rice Humanitarian Board, Switzerland 10. Development of Rice Varieties with Improved Iron Content in Grain Navreet K. Bhullar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 11. Quality Parameters and Testing Methods in Rice Cultivation Rachelle Ward, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia 12. Agronomic and Environmental Factors Affecting Rice Grain Quality Chuan Tong and Jinsong Bao, Zhejiang University, China