NEW DELHI, INDIA – 21 November 2016 --- Today, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) celebrated the golden anniversary of the international release of IR8 - the world’s first high-yielding rice variety. The event was attended by Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Professor Swaminathan and leaders of the agriculture sector in India.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – November 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of IR8; the world’s first high-yielding rice variety and the first rice variety released by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
MANILA, Philippines—The threatening nature of bacterial blight (BB) on rice production was recognized only when TN1 and IR8, the first generation of semidwarf, high-yielding rice varieties, were attacked by the disease. The ensuing BB epidemics in the 1960s prompted international research efforts to control it.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – In a bid to rally ASEAN members and other rice-growing countries in Asia to invest more in rice research and innovation, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will present a 10-point Action Plan to the region’s top agriculture policymakers at the annual SOM-AMAF conference to be held next week in this resort city in western Philippines.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia–The Royal Government of Cambodia and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) celebrated 30 years of working together to secure the country’s food and grow its rice sector.
ALABANG, Philippines—Cultivating climate-smart rice varieties in unfavorable environments could boost local rice production, says Edilberto de Luna, Philippine agriculture assistant secretary for operations.
With the signing of IRRI’s Rice Action Plan, 16 CORRA members hope to increase their national rice sectors’ productivity.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (23 August 2016) - At the annual gathering of ASEAN’s top agriculture policymakers taking place this week in Palawan, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will showcase tools, practices, and expertise that could help countries cope with the effects of climate change and strengthen food security in the region.
BEIJING, China—The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to collaborate on scientific research focused on genomics and germplasm enhancement to meet the challenges of global food security.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—The Royal Government of Cambodia signed an agreement with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to further strengthen the country’s rice sector through research and training.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – A new seed laboratory has opened at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). It will increase the capacity and speed at which seeds are prepared for entry into the International Rice Genebank, where the germplasm of more than 127,000 rice varieties from around the world are kept for conservation, scientific research, and breeding purposes.
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