The laboratories found within the IRRI campus are some of the finest facilities for rice research in the world. Crucial work is done inside these laboratories every day.
The largest addition to IRRI’s research and training operations was the Laboratory and Training Conference Center now known as D.L. Umali Hall, which was dedicated in September 1976. This was the first major addition to the original building complex as it existed in early 1962.
Another major addition to the Institute’s physical plant was the Genetic Resources Center, dedicated in December 1977. It was described as “the world’s largest, most modern center for the conservation and utilization of rice genetic materials.” It is now called the T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center and is located in the N.C. Brady Laboratory, a building named after Dr. Nyle C. Brady, former IRRI Director General (1973-1981).
The Kenzo Hemmi Laboratory, completed in April 1992, houses the soil and water science laboratories, analytical service laboratories, and IRRI's biofertilizer germplasm collections. It also provides special facilities to efficiently characterize, maintain, and preserve IRRI’s biofertilizer germplasm collections. The newly renovated Grain Quality, Nutrition, and Postharvest Center is on the ground floor. The three-story building was named after Professor Kenzo Hemmi, a former Chairman of the IRRI Board of Trustees (1983-1988).
The Klaus Lampe Laboratory, which houses the Genotyping Services Laboratory, provides the latest technology for molecular marker genotyping in rice. It is named after a former Director General of IRRI (1989-1995). This facility is composed of the Asian Rice Biotechnology Network, Gene Array and Molecular Marker Application (GAMMA) Laboratory, and CL-4 greenhouse buildings. The former basement parking area and storage rooms were converted into a laboratory to house the biosafety facilities of the Biotechnology Group. The Containment Level 4, or CL-4, known as the transgenic greenhouse, consists of eight independent bays with controlled environment used solely for the growth of healthy plants and for testing with insects, pathogens, etc. The Rice Transformation Laboratory was renovated to establish a high-throughput transformation system for elite indica rice varieties using Agrobacterium transformation (current capacity is 10,000 events/year).
Finally, there is the Genetic Resources Seed Processing Laboratory (GRSPL). Erected beside the Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility through funding from the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), it was built to increase the processing capacity of the International Rice Genebank by 40%, as well as storage for an additional 48,000 accessions beyond the current 120,000+. Construction of the facility started in January 2015; it was dedicated on 13 April 2016.