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Sep 7, 2009

Syngenta & IRRI - Colloboration to Advance Rice Technology

Syngenta announced on 7 September 2009 that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to colloborate on rice research with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).  The purpose is to establish a Scientific Know-how Exchange Program (SKEP) that will allow both parties to "pool their expertise and resources and focus on a number of areas such as characterizing the genetic diversity of rice, marker-assisted breeding applications, and dealing with rice productivity constraints."

Director general of IRRI, Dr. Robert Zeigler notes that IRRI has teamed with Syngenta as it "has significant expertise in rice research, the use of marker technology and in the development of holistic approaches to crop production and performance ... This compliments the strengths of IRRI which include conserving the world’s largest collection of rice, numerous breeding programs available to farmers worldwide, and expertise on all aspects of sustainable management for the key rice production systems. We will work together on disseminating new crop management and postharvest technologies in key rice-growing regions, including water-saving irrigation and site-specific nutrient management.”

The Syngenta press release also notes that "[f]uture areas of research collaboration on the agenda may include insect resistance monitoring and management, newly emerging diseases, grain quality, weed management in dry-seeded rice, water quality and ecosystem services, and alternative forms of irrigation."

For more see: "Syngenta and IRRI collaborate to benefit Asia’s rice farmers," Syngenta Media Release, Singapore, 7 September 2009.

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