Rice Today

Rice Today is the flagship communication arm of the RICE CRP. It is published by IRRI with significant contributions from AfricaRice and CIAT. It is produced in partnership with Cirad, IRD, and JIRCAS.

  • Helping meet the food needs of every individual through science and technology
    by Manzoor Dar and Showkat Waza on August 16, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Proven technologies, policies, and institutional resources need to be collectively adopted to ensure the mitigation of stress-driven shocks at different levels. The resource-poor farmers residing in stress-prone areas form the section of our society that is highly vulnerable to poverty and hunger. Environmental stresses such as drought, flood, and salinity frequently destroy their food crops, […]

  • Is perennial rice key to climate change-proof farming?
    by Rice Today on August 14, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Will converting seasonal crops, like rice, into perennial crops that produce yields for many years without replanting annually be the way to create climate change-proof agriculture? Some scientists think so. In China, crop scientists at Yunnan Agricultural University are developing traditionally seasonal crops that continue to grow after harvesting and deliver several yields, according to […]

  • CRISPR-Cas system: Revolutionizing the genetic blueprint of rice
    by Anindya Bandyopadhyay on August 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Recent advances with the CRISPR system— the world’s most promising gene-editing tool—could increase the speed of rice breeding. One of the most discussed scientific events in today’s world is the discovery and application of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) system in genome editing. CRISPR is simply a specialized bacterial immune system that […]

  • Bangladesh explores use of “videos for farmers” for disseminating agricultural technologies
    by Ahmad Salahuddin on August 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Dhaka, Bangladesh—“Agricultural technologies can be disseminated to the farmers through videos,” said Md Mosharraf Hossain, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Bangladesh. “I believe this initiative will become popular among farmers.” Mr. Hossain made this remark during the workshop on using videos in local languages to promote and share effective agricultural […]

  • IRRI technologies help minimize pressure on water resource in the Mekong River Basin
    by Bernadette Joven on August 4, 2017 at 7:19 am

    The Mekong River Basin constitutes a resource-rich river system that provides water, food, and energy to millions of people in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. But energy and agricultural production, climate change, and an increasing population that demands more water resource threaten the sustainability of this precious river system. The Economist […]

  • Plant phenomics: unlocking the potential of rice diversity
    by Robert Coe, Steve Klassen, and William Paul Quick on August 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    The emerging field of plant phenomics combines biology, engineering, and data analytics to overcome laborious, expensive, and, often, technically challenging phenotyping. A foundation for improving rice production in the future lies in unlocking the diversity found within the International Rice Genebank. In 2014, the full genome sequence of 3,000 varieties was released in order to […]

  • The hybrid alternative for Africa
    by Savitri Mohapatra on July 28, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Developing the hybrid rice technology capacity of national partners, farmers, nongovernment organizations, and the private sector is a major component of the AfricaRice strategy. Africa, which has tremendous agricultural potential, is often described as a continent of paradoxes. Rice statistics reveal one such paradox. The continent’s average rice yields, estimated at about 2 tons per […]

  • Orlando Peixoto de Morais (1949-2017)
    by Élcio Perpétuo Guimarães on July 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

    The most outstanding rice breeder in Brazilian history started a new era of rice cultivars and leaves behind a legacy that transcends boundaries. Dr. Orlando Peixoto de Morais was a plant breeding icon in Brazil and the mastermind of the rice breeding program at Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa). In fact, from the numerous […]

  • BRRI plant breeding group wins prestigious national award
    by Rice Today on July 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The Plant Breeding Division of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) received the Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award in recognition of its significant work in climate-smart and high-yielding rice varieties. The division was also cited for its the progress in Golden Rice research. The Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award is the highest state recognition given to individuals […]

  • Starving the foes: new ways to protect rice against diseases
    by Veronica Roman-Reyna, Casiana Vera Cruz, and Ricardo Oliva on July 20, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Scientists are looking at an innovative approach and a potential strategy to make rice resistant against pathogens that have “learned” to bypass the plant’s immune system.  Rice farmers know they will struggle against a ruthless adversary this monsoon season. Whether it is in Odisha in India, Central Java in Indonesia, or Mindanao in the Philippines, […]

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