The Ministry of Science and Technology will collaborate with the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in a project on rice genomics research.

The project is the focus of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation to study measures to deal with climate change and ensure food security recently inked between the two sides.

The project, the first of its kind in Vietnam, will sequence the genomes of new varieties that have been selected for high quality and yield potential, tolerance to submergence, salinity, drought and resistance to pests and diseases.

In the furtherance of the project, BBSRC will help Vietnamese partners gain access to technologies and train human resources in order to set up a database on local rice varieties, based on that to develop rice varieties across the country./.