Regional Training Course on Phenotyping for Abiotic Stresses, GxE testing, Seed Storage, and Farmer Participation

Abiotic stresses are major problems for rice production worldwide, with variable impacts on productivity depending on severity and intensity of prevailing stresses. These challenges are becoming more important with the progressive increase in demands for, and dependencies on marginal resources to meet the ever rising needs for more food, and with further deterioration in natural resources caused by climate change. Developing rice genotypes and good management practices to enhance and sustain rice yields under these substandard conditions will entail the use of cutting edge genetic and genomic tools together with proper phenotyping. Over the recent past, considerable progress was made in developing tools for genetic manipulation, but less so in proper phenotyping, which still remain the major bottleneck for further progress. This course is an initial effort to prepare a generation of rice scientists acquainted with the most recent phenotyping approaches. The course will include a series of lectures by specialists to raise the awareness of the participants on these challenges, highlighting the current understanding of bases of tolerance and adaptation. The major part of the course will involve hands-on exercises in using various protocols and in operating selected equipments used to assess these stresses and to accurately quantify plant responses, as bases for proper selection during various stages of germplasm improvement.

  • Develop a good understanding of the major abiotic stresses affecting rice (drought, flooding, salinity/ other problem soils and heat stress), and approaches for quantifying them
  • Lean of the recent developments in understanding the physiology of tolerance of each of these abiotic stresses. 
  • Learn of the screening protocols being used for phenotyping to assess rice responses to each stress
  • Gain hands-on skills in common protocols and in laboratory equipments being used for assessing whole plant responses as well as specific traits associated with tolerance of each stress

July 1-12, 2013
International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Dr. Noel Magor
Head, Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: (63- 2) 845-0563; 580 5600
Fax: (63- 2) 891-1292; 580 5699