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Rice Gene Allows Crop To Thrive In Nutrient Deficient Soil
2012-08-23 14:24:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a discovery that could have major implications for the worldwide food supply, scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines have identified and leveraged a gene that allows rice to thrive in nutrient deficient soil. According to their report published this week in the journal Nature, the researchers were able to improve test yields of rice planted in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia by 20...

2011-01-17 12:17:44

Rice bred to perform well in the toughest conditions where the poorest farmers grow rice is a step away from reaching farmers thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Rice bred to perform well in the toughest conditions where the poorest farmers grow rice is a step away from reaching farmers thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research...

2010-12-03 15:59:39

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Asia Society launched a new food security report for Asia in Mumbai today, calling for increased investment in rice research. The report, Never an empty bowl: sustaining food security in Asia, emphasizes the importance of rice as the primary staple food in Asia and a major source of income for Asian farmers. Existing global efforts to combat hunger and achieve food security are evaluated in the report, which also recommends more...

2010-11-11 18:49:45

Millions will escape hunger and poverty in a widening campaign to achieve global food security and deliver major environmental gains within 25 years One of the world's largest global scientific partnerships for sustainable agricultural development has launched a bold new research initiative that aims to dramatically improve the ability of rice farmers to feed growing populations in some of the world's poorest nations. The efforts of the Global Rice Science Partnership, or GRiSP, are expected...

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2010-08-10 07:50:24

Production of rice will be thwarted as temperatures increase in rice-growing areas with continued climate change Production of rice"”the world's most important crop for ensuring food security and addressing poverty"”will be thwarted as temperatures increase in rice-growing areas with continued climate change, according to a new study by an international team of scientists. The research team found evidence that the net impact of projected temperature increases will be to slow the...

2010-07-09 14:23:52

Farmers in the "texting capital" of the world"”the Philippines"”will soon have nutrient management advice tailored specifically to their rice crops delivered to their mobile phones. Dr. Roland Buresh, part of the International Rice Research (IRRI) team that has joined the Philippine Department of Agriculture to establish the system, says that after responding to a series of simple questions about their rice paddy, farmers would receive an automated text reply recommending what...

2010-02-19 15:18:43

Los Baños, Philippines: In the last fifty years, the Philippines has more than tripled its rice yield, while the world average rice yield has increased only about 2.3 times. Despite being criticized as a poor rice producer because of its status as the world's biggest rice importer, the Philippines has actually done remarkably well in raising its rice yields from 1.16 tons per hectare in 1960* to 3.59 tons per hectare in 2009**. In 2009, Philippine rice yields were...

2009-10-16 10:27:06

Once-in-a-lifetime floods in the Philippines, India's delayed monsoon, and extensive drought in Australia are taking their toll on this year's rice crops, demonstrating the vulnerability of rice to extreme weather. Rice Today's October-December 2009 edition focuses on climate change and its potential impact on rice. It reveals that it is difficult to prove climate change is responsible for current weather events. However, by using advanced modeling techniques, the International Rice Research...

2009-09-28 08:55:13

Recent interest in "land grabs" or the international acquisition of land to produce rice is sparked by a looming threat of inadequate rice supplies. "To put it simply, there is not enough rice to feed the world," says Dr. Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). "To meet the need and keep rice prices around US$300 a ton "“ which allows poor rice farmers to make some profit yet keeps rice affordable for poor rice consumers "“ we need to...

2009-07-30 17:25:22

The practices of Thailand's hill farmers have helped preserve the genetic diversity of rice, researchers in the United States and Thailand found. Research by Barbara A. Schaal of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues at Chiang Mai University in Thailand showed how natural genetic drift and agricultural practices of traditional farmers influenced the genetic diversity of a given landrace, or traditional varieties, of rice, Washington University said Thursday in a news release....