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  • Drought Tolerant rice in development

    Rice production faces the threat of a growing worldwide water scarcity. Approximately, 75% of the world’s rice is grown in flooded, lowland conditions. Lowland rice crops either rely on irrigation or rain water to provide adequate growing conditions. The food security of millions of people depends on the availability of water.   Scientists at the International Rice Research Institute ...

  • Rice paddies synergise with fish farming

    By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a new report. The approach promises more nutritious food, without causing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rice researchers develop paintable battery

    Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. The rechargeable battery created in the lab of Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan consists of spray-painted layers, each representing the components in a traditional battery. The research appears today in Nature's online, open-access journal Scientific Reports. "This means ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Rice yields targetted in first CGIAR `mega-programme`

    Farmers could benefit from increased rice yields and new varieties of the staple crop adapted to climate change, with the launch of a global research programme that aims to lift millions out of hunger and poverty by 2035. The Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) was launched by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) at the 3rd International Rice Congress in Hanoi, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 44 New Rice Varieties in Asia and Africa

    In 2013, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released 44 new and improved rice varieties, continuing the decades-long mission of using rice science to reduce hunger. Around half of the current global population—or about 3.5 billion people—relies on rice as a source of sustenance and livelihood. Resilience to climate change is a big thrust of IRRI’s ...

  • Senator, nutrition experts support research on healthier rice

    Rice is the largest part of the Filipino diet and healthier versions of the staple can go a long way in helping solve key health concerns, as well as improve public health in general. Philippine Senator Cynthia A. Villar made this statement today at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), affirming contributions made by rice scientists, ...

  • Rice serves up double measure of biofuel and fodder

    Japanese scientists have found a potential answer to the biofuel dilemma that if you grow crops for energy, you have to sacrifice crops for food. They report that they can now ferment rice to deliver ethanol, while making silage for cattle feed –and that it can all be done on the farm without need for any expensive off-site processes. Mitsuo Horita, of the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Fostering closer collaboration across the rice value chain

    With increasing challenges in agriculture, and 2015 in particular being a difficult year for farmers in ASEAN, rice farmers need access to technologies to help them increase yields and efficiency. From October 14 to 16, over 100 policymakers and rice experts from across ASEAN countries gathered at the ASEAN Rice Future Forum in Vietnam to discuss how public-private and value chain partnerships ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Plan to boost African rice R&D unveiled

    A research strategy to help boost rice production in Africa has been formally unveiled by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), a pan-African agricultural research organisation. The ten-year plan, launched this month (1 February) aims to help the continent become nearly 90 per cent self-sufficient in rice production by 2020, with at least ten countries expected to full meet their own needs. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • IRRI conducts training in the latest rice production technologies for African research technicians

    IRRI Training, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is conducting a rice production and post-production techniques course for research technicians from different member countries of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) from July 18 to August 15 at IRRI Headquarters, Philippines. The three-week course includes lectures and field activities facilitated ...

  • Large Market Potential of Modernized Rice Milling Machine in the Future

    The Urgency of Adopting Modern Rice Milling Technology ◆ On the part of developed countries, such as USA, UK, Australia, Canada With the remarkable economic growth and stable supply situation of rice, consumers’ demand change from food quantity to food security and ...

  • Rice Farmers in China use Less Fertilizer, Increase Yield

    “Rice farmers can decrease their nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide use by around 20%, and increase their yield by 10% by using the ‘three controls technology’ (3CT),” says Dr. Xuhua Zhong, crop physiologist at the Rice Research Institute of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDRRI).  The meaning of “three controls” is controlling the amount of ...

  • AgriTechNews Money Saving Rice Crops to a New Innovative Fertiliser Approach

    Another week, another agri-tech development taking progress to the next level. From rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution to an innovative approach to a new fertiliser, here’s four articles that caught our eye. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter ...


    By Rethink Events Ltd.

  • Africa Rice Congress ends with call for increased investment, benefits for smallholders

    Africa's largest gathering of rice industry experts, policy makers and farmers representatives has asked FAO to "stimulate national, regional and global partnerships to (help) develop Africa's rice sector". The call came at the end of the 3rd Africa Rice Congress in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé. Attended by more than 650 delegates from 60 countries, including 35 African nations, the ...

  • Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output. Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Satellite imagery to soon enable large-scale monitoring of Asia’s rice areas

    Information derived from satellite images can soon be made available to governments to help guide policy related to food security and sustainable development, particularly in rice-growing areas. The European Space Agency (ESA) satellite, Sentinel-1A, launched in 2014 can provide regular ‛snapshots’ of Asia as often as every 12 days. The ...

  • CSIRO and Chinese academy of sciences join forces

    Scientists from CSIRO and CAS will meet in Australia next week to discuss and plan for future research collaborations, with a focus on rice and wheat, which along with corn make up the three most widely grown food crops in the world. Leading CSIRO and CAS researchers in the area of plant genomics will share their latest research findings and also map out the areas where future joint research ...

  • Science: what has it done for the millennium development goals?

    When the United Nations published the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, with aspirations including the ending of poverty and hunger; the promotion of gender equality and a reduction in child mortality, there was little mention of science. Yet most people involved in working towards the goals accepted that achieving them would rely on the successful application of science. Now, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Countries need better science to win trade disputes

    With disputes about the quality of exports on the rise, developing countries need to boost scientific capacity to win claims, says Joel D. Adriano. In today's highly competitive global economy, science has a crucial role to play in commerce. Traditionally it has driven the technologies used in the industrial production of everything from mobile phones to pharmaceuticals. More recently, it ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 28 new rice varieties released in 2014 as scientists ensure responsive breeding for the future

    The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released at least twenty-eight new rice varieties to governments of eight countries in Asia and Africa in 2014. These newly-released varieties possess high-yielding and stress-tolerance traits that can help farmers overcome challenges, such as the negative effects of climate change, in their rice growing ecosystems. Some of the ...

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