Post date: Dec 22, 2016 3:57:56 AM

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the official release of IR8, we are pleased to announce the availability of IR8's high quality genome assembly, using whole genome shotgun sequencing. The semidwarf rice variety is considered as miracle rice for it is believed to have saved Asia from famine during the late 1960s.

The IR8 sequence and assembly are available at NCBI.

You can read more about IR8, its conception, history and many more at irri website.