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  • 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 ...

  • Genetic makeup of thousands of rice varieties placed in global seed data pool

    Genome sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties have been placed with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) by the world's leading rice research institute in a move boosting plans to set up a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources. The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Treaty (ITPGRFA) made ...

  • 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 ...

  • New Cassava varieties promise food security in Zanzibar

    Millions of cassava farmers in eastern and central Africa are in distress from viral cassava diseases that are sweeping across the region and ravaging their crops. But their counterparts on the popular tourist island of Zanzibar are undergoing a quiet revolution using new disease-resistant and high-yielding varieties that were introduced three years ago. The four varieties, Kizimbani, Mahonda, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • 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 ...

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • New plant varieties developed to thrive despite climate change

    Nuclear technology is helping scientists unmask the hidden potential in plants, allowing plant breeders to develop new crop varieties that can withstand external stress such as drought, often brought about by climate change. Experts believe that climate change will affect the suitability of land for different types of crops, livestock, fish and pasture. It will also have an impact on the health ...

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • Night warming threatens rice output in Asia

    Hotter nights arising from climate change will put a brake on the rise in rice production in Asia over the coming decades, with the effect worsening as the century progresses, scientists said yesterday (9 August). The first study to use 'real-world' data from farmer-managed rice farms has shown that, while hotter days may boost productivity, hotter nights more than compensate by reducing it. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • 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

  • Traditional rice helps beat soil salination

    Rohana Rosairo has hung a sprig of paddy rice over his front door, a good omen for prosperity from the first harvest he reaped a few weeks ago from a long unused field. Rosairo's field, across a dirt track from his home, was just a mass of weeds until April when he cleared the plot and planted seed paddy. 'My father used to grow rice here, but he stopped a long time ago,' he said. High salinity ...


    By IRIN

  • 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

  • Philippines: IRRI conducts training in ORYZA 3 rice modeling tool for advanced applications in rice research

    The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Training Center held a training program for the use of the ORYZA 3 rice modeling tool for advanced application studies at IRRI Headquarters on 10-14 November. The training aims to improve and extend the skills of researchers in using ORYZA 3 for managing large scale simulations, climate change studies, evaluation of breeding lines, and crop ...

  • Climate-Smart Rice Now Grown by 10 Million Farmers

    About 10 million of the poorest and most disadvantaged rice farmers have been given access to climate-smart rice varieties, which includes flood-tolerant ones. “Swarna-Sub1 changed my life,” said Mr. Trilochan Parida, a farmer at the Dekheta Village of Puri in Odisha, India. Floods ravage Trilochan's rice field every year. Flooding of four days or more usually means a painful loss of ...

  • New App Involves Farmers in Investment Decisions in Rice Breeding

    Investment Game Application (IGA), a new tablet app, helps farmers in South and Southeast Asia participate in an “investment market” for public rice breeding. By playing IGA, farmers reveal their preferences for the rice breeding products they most urgently need in order to improve their livelihoods. The app also helps them prioritize the traits they want in their rice varieties ...

  • EU researchers discover new way to produce healthy rice in toxic areas

    With food riots breaking out across the globe and the price of food rising to new highs, researchers everywhere are engaging themselves in the search for the discovery that will jump-start the next Green Revolution. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have taken one giant step towards achieving this goal thanks to their discovery of a protein that has the potential to grow safe-to-eat ...

  • 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.

  • `Waterproofing` gene may also protect rice from droughts

    Farmers facing extreme weather conditions associated with climate change could benefit from the finding that a gene that 'waterproofs' rice plants also appears to protect them from drought. The Sub1a gene, which naturally occurs in some low-yielding varieties in India, was discovered in the 1990s at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in the Philippines. Subsequent research showed ...


    By SciDev.Net

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