During the last few decades, world rice production has doubled from 257 to 600 million tons. This has mainly been achieved through the application of conventional plant breeding methods coupled with improved production technologies. We need to produce 25% more rice by 2025 to match the growing population. This increase in rice production has to come with less land, less water, less chemicals and less labor. Many biotic and abiotic stresses are a continuing threat to rice productivity and sustainability. The major challenge is to overcome these constraints and produce high yielding rice varieties with multiple resistances to biotic and abiotic stresses possessing improved grain quality and nutritive value. The latest advances in biotechnology and genomics offer new opportunities to overcome these constraints limiting rice production. New approaches are extremely important to accelerate the current breeding programs.
The 12-day residential course will be conducted at IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Philippines making use of the state-of-the-art technologies at IRRI and the extensive training facilities.
MBC will provide the latest rice science and technology developed from IRRI by hands-on training, observation, and demonstration. This is for participants to enlarge the application of rice science and technology for their agenda, eventually rice science and production would be increase and world population will be secure from food shortage.
During this course, participants will:
The Molecular Breeding Course will include hands-on laboratory training, working in small groups with assistance of IRRI staff, and will raise participants’ practical skill levels in:
September 28-October 9, 2015
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
Fax: (63-2) 891-1292; 580 5699
Phone: (63-2) 845-0563; 580-5600 ext 2538
Dr. Jung-Hyun Shim