The purpose of this paper provides a comprehensive overview of the recent researches on rice epigenomics, including DNA methylation, histone modifications, noncoding RNAs, and three-dimensional genomics. The challenges and perspectives for future research in rice are discussed.


Rice as a model plant for epigenomic studies has much progressed current understanding of epigenetics in plants. Recent results on rice epigenome profiling and three-dimensional chromatin structure studies reveal specific features and implication in gene regulation during rice plant development and adaptation to environmental changes. Results on rice chromatin regulator functions shed light on mechanisms of establishment, recognition, and resetting of epigenomic information in plants. Cloning of several rice epialleles associated with important agronomic traits highlights importance of epigenomic variation in rice plant growth, fitness, and yield. In this review, we summarize and analyze recent advances in rice epigenomics and discuss challenges and directions for future research in the field.