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New thematic series: Exploring the Role of Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology in Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: a focus on Rice, Wheat, Sorghum and Millets

In the pursuit of a more sustainable agriculture, it is crucial to advance our understanding of the role of plant biotechnology and microbiology in breeding for climate-resilient crops. This collection aims to explore the intricate interactions between plants and microorganisms, leveraging microbiology and advances in plant biotechnology tools in important cereal crops (wheat, rice, sorghum and millets). By delving into these areas, we can unravel the mechanisms underlying stress tolerance, genetic diversity, and the potential for targeted breeding strategies. 

Guest Editors: Shakeel Ahmad and Beatriz Andreo Jimenez

View previous collections here.

In Memory of Dr Hei Leung

The rice world lost a much-loved friend and intellectual light with the passing of Hei Leung. Hei was a passionate scientist and caring mentor who dedicated his professional life to rice research and to helping younger colleagues grow in their professions. He played key roles in numerous endeavors from his position at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), contributing to new understandings of the rice genome and to rice blast research. In addition to his many research contributions, Hei provided leadership in the international community to build and distribute rice genetic and genomic resources and contributed to strengthening research capacity in plant pathology in Asia and beyond. 

Hei brought a distinctive joy, energy and enthusiasm to science, volleyball and friendship and will be greatly missed.

Read the Obituary here.



Thematic series
Exploring the Role of Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology in Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: a focus on Rice, Wheat, Sorghum and Millets
Guest Editors: Shakeel Ahmad and Beatriz Andreo Jimenez


Thematic series
Beneficial plant-microbe interactions in rice
Guest Editors: Dr Concha Domingo and Dr Blanca San Segundo


Thematic series
Grain Size and Quality
Guest Editors: Kiyosumi Hori and Sun Jian


Thematic series
Next Generation Rice Disease Research
Edited by: M. Jacobs and Guo-Liang Wang
Collection published: 26 October 2021


Thematic series
Genome Editing
Edited by: Masaki Endo and Seiichi Toki
Collection published: 14 May 2020


Thematic series
Iconic Rice Varieties
Edited by: Prof David Mackill
Collection published: 9 April 2018


Thematic series
Root related traits
Edited by: Prof Antonio Costa de Oliveira, Dr. Scott Jackson
Collection published: 28 November 2014


Thematic series
Selected articles from the 10th International Symposium of Rice Functional Genomics
Edited by: Dr Baltazar Antonio, Prof Apichart Vanavichit
Collection published: 18 July 2013


Thematic series
Abiotic stress in rice
Collection published: 12 March 2012


Professor Takuji Sasaki, NODAI Research Institute, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan

Aims and scope

Rice aims to fill a glaring void in basic and applied plant science journal publishing. This journal is the world's only high-quality serial publication for reporting current advances in rice genetics, structural and functional genomics, comparative genomics, molecular biology and physiology, molecular breeding and comparative biology. Rice welcomes review articles and original papers in all of the aforementioned areas and serves as the primary source of newly published information for researchers and students in rice and related research.

Featured review

REVIEW: Genes and Their Molecular Functions Determining Seed Structure, Components, and Quality of Rice

© Arpad /

Pei Li, Yu-Hao Chen, Jun Lu, Ghang-Quan Zhang, Qiao-Quan Liu & Qian-Feng Li 

Rice 15:18 2022

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.8
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 5.4
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.490
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.304

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 6
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 100

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 685,872
    Altmetric mentions: 254