Published 06/12/15

Bryant researchers surface surprising data about role of climate change in rice domestication

Surprising findings about ancient climate change and rice domestication in China – based on a study conducted primarily in Bryant’s Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments – will be published in the July issue of Geology, the #1 ranked geology journal. The study involved Bryant faculty members Hong Yang, Ph.D., and Qin Leng, Ph.D., as the leading senior researchers – and Bryant students. Lead author Robert Patalano ’08, an undergraduate student at the time, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary in Canada.

The study was also the result of an international collaboration with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Zhejiang Province Institute of Archeology and Cultural Relics in Hangzhou.

Yang is recognized as a U.S.-China Public Intellectual and distinguished scientist. At Bryant, he is vice president for international affairs, Dr. Charles J. Smiley Chair, and professor of science and technology. He is also the founding director of Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute and has directed the University’s Confucius Institute since 2006.

Read the abstract here.