Part 1 Overview: rice genetics - from mendel to functional genomics, G.S. Khush and D.S. Brar; application of mendelian genetics in rice breeding, J.N. Rutger and D.J. Mackill; the Rockefeller Foundation's international programme on rice biotechnology, J.C. O'Toole et al. Part 2 Molecular markers, genetic diversity and evolution: evolution and domestication of rice, H. Morishima; rice - the pivotal genome in cereal comparative genetics, M. Gale et al; phylogeny of the genus "Oryza" as revealed by molecular approaches, Song Ge et al; miniature inverted repeat transposable elements (MITEs) - a major source of genomic diversity in maize and rice, S.R. Wessler et al; microsatellite markers in rice - abundance, diversity and applications, S.R. McCouch et al; molecular mapping and marker-assisted selection of major-gene traits in rice, D.J. Mackill and Junjian Ni; QTL mapping in rice - a few critical considerations, Zhi-Kang Li; genetic and molecular basis for heterosis in rice, Qifa Zhang et al. Part 3 Structural and functional genomics: the international rice genome sequencing project - progress and prospects, T. Sasaki et al; strategies and techniques for finishing genomic sequence, M. de la Bastide et al; sequence-tagged connector/DNA fingerprint framework for rice genome sequencing, R.A. Wing et al; naturally occurring allelic variations as a new resource for functional genomics in rice, M.Yano; deletion mutants for functional genomics - progress in phenotyping, sequence assignment and database development, H. Leung et al; generation of T-DNA insertional tagging lines in rice, Gynheung An et al; transposons and functional genomics in rice, R. Greco et al; retrotransposons of rice as a tool for the functional analysis of genes, H. Hirochika et al; bioinformatics and the rice genome, B.A. Antonio et al. Part 4 Gene isolation and function: enhancing deployment of rice blast resistance genes -opportunities from cloning a resistance gene/avirulence gene pair, B. Valent et al; molecular signalling in disease resistance of rice, K. Shimamoto et al; structure, function and evolution of disease resistance genes in rice, Guo-Liang Wang et al; isolation of candidate genes for tolerance of abiotic stresses in rice, H.J. Bohnert t al; molecular dissection of cell death in rice, H. Uchimiya et al; molecular tools for achieving synthetic apomixis in hybrid rice, J. Bennett et al. Part 5 Transformation: engineering for virus resistance in rice, N.M. Upadhyaya et al; transgenic approaches for generating rice tolerant of dehydration stress, Z.Q. Cheng et al; high-level expression of C4 photosynthetic genes in transgenic rice, M. Matsuoka et al; transgene integration, organization and expression in cereals, P. Christou et al; gene silencing and its reactivation in transgenic rice, T.C. Hall et al. Part 6 Workshop reports: rice molecular breeding; functional genomics; bioinformatics.