Temperate Rice Research Consortium

  • About TRRC

  • Organization & Structure

  • Workgroups

  • Contact Details

First planning meeting of Temperate Rice Research Consortium 

To overcome production constraints through collective research efforts, the first planning meeting of the Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) was organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Suwon, Korea, on 2-3 May 2007 with the participation of scientists from 12 temperate rice-growing countries.

The issues on temperate rice improvement include both biotic and abiotic stresses, yield potential, grain quality and nutrition, and water and nutrient management. It is recognized that the best possible solution to remove these constraints is through a consortium approach.

The consortium is a group of 18 national and international institutions formally organized to collaborate in research, training, and technology-generation activities designed to meet mutually agreed upon objectives. The TRRC was established, and using networks to connect scientists from different participating institutions with different expertise to form multidisciplinary teams and to share resources. It aims to:

  • provide an international platform and mechanism that supports research and strengthen the partnership to promote application of suitable technologies and information to improve sustainable rice production
  • serve as a platform for identifying and prioritizing concerns of temperate rice research in temperate environments and high-altitute areas in the tropics that generate international/regional public goods for improving rural livelihood
  • provide logistical support and to coordinate NARES-IRRI-ARI strategic research collaboration
  • promote resource sharing and information exchange among partners

The TRRC is organized with the following governance mechanism and structures.

TRRC's organizational structure

Steering Committee

TRRC is guided by policies established by the Steering Committee (SC). The SC approves TRRC’s operational policies, work plans, and budget and monitors the impact of TRRC. It consists of high-level administrators/scientists of NARES, the IRRI Deputy Director General for Research, and representatives of major sponsoring organizations. The SC members for the 1st year were selected from seven countries. Dr. Zakir Khalikulov, consultant scientist, PFU-CGIAR, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was unanimously elected as the chair of the TRRC for the period 2007-08.

The following renowned scientists/administrators were selected as members of SC.

rice scientistDr. Russell Reinke
Yanco Agricultural Institute

Dr. Hua Zetian
Liaoning Rice Research Institute

Dr. Abdel-Salam Draz
Rice Research & Training Center

Dr. Achim Dobermann
DDG for Research, International Rice Research Institute

Dr. Hiroshi Nemoto
National Institute of Crop Science

Dr. Hye-Kyeong Chun
National Institute of Crop Science

Dr. Evgeny Kharitonov
DG, All-Russian Rice Research Institute

Dr. Necmi Beser
Trakya Agricultural Research Institute

Dr. Thomas Tai
USDA-ARS University of California, Davis


The TRRC identified Work Groups (WGs) corresponding to the four major themes of temperate rice research, they are composed of scientist representing partner institutions/countries. TRRC has 4 work groups including the participating countries:

Work Group 1: Yield potential and grain quality

Australia, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

WG Leader:
Dr. Wang Hui
Vice-Director General
Liaoning Rice Research Institute
Liaoning Academy of Agricultural
No. 129 Fengyang Road, Sujiatun District, Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Work Group 2: Biotic stress (blast resistance)

Bhutan, China, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Uruguay, USA

WG Leader:
Dr. Kshirod K. Jena
Senior Scientist II, Plant Breeder
Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Division
Intenational Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines

Work Group 3: Abiotic stress (cold tolerance)

Australia, Bhutan, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey, Uruguay, USA

WG Leader:
Dr. Young-Chan Cho
Senior Scientist, Rice Breeder
National Institute of Crop Science, RDA

Work Group 4: Resource-use efficiency (N-use)

Australia, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Nepal, Russia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

WG Leader:
Dr. Shaobing Peng
Director, Crop Physiology and Production Center and Professor
Huazhong Agricultural University
1 Shizishan Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan, Hubei 430070, P.R. China


The workplan of TRRC is to be prepared by WG leaders and approved by SC.

IRRI’s role and expected outputs:

  • Help scientists of participating countries access to a diverse source of germplasm and broaden the genetic base of temperate rice for higher yield, superior grain quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Conduct field experiments with NARS to determine agronomic N-use efficiency under SSNM and farmers’ N fertilizer practice in farmers’ field at key sites
  • Conduct a field experiment to determine water-use efficiency under alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and flood-irrigated conditions in farmers’ field at key sites
  • Ensure that rice farmers in temperate countries benefit from improved technologies arising through research and develop strong linkage between research and extension
  • Publication of a book on temperate rice 


Russell Reinke

Coordinator for the Temperate Rice Research Consortium
Rice Breeder
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
National Institute of Crop Sciences (NICS)
151 Suin-Ro, Gwonsun-gu
Suwon 441-857
Republic of Korea

Ms. Seung-Hee Han ("Sunny")

Administrative Coordinator
IRRI-Korea Office

Ms. Vina Alvarez

Associate Program Manager
Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (PBGB) Division
IRRI Headquarters, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC)
Philippines: International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 845-0563; 844-3351 to 54
Fax: (63-2) 891-1292; 845-0606

Korea: International Rice Research Institute - Korea Office, NICS-RDA
209 Seodun-Dong, Suwon 441-857, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 (31) 290-6873
Fax: +82 (31) 294-8185