What is Red Rice?

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Lance Schmidt:

One of the big problem weeds that we have in rice is called Red Rice. And it actually now is understood to be called Weedy Rice, because it includes more than Red Rice, there's some other Weedy Rice types out there. Genetically, they are the same genus and species as the rice that we grow to eat. And the problem with the red is, it has a red endosperm, which when they mill it, it actually causes issues, as far as the appearance in the package, that will cause, the term I heard, it looks like rat turds. So that's one big reason that there's been a lot of development on herbicide tolerant crops, or herbicide tolerant rice, is to basically control these Weedy Rice or Red Rice types that are out.