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Dec 4, 2009

IRRI & Bayer CropScience Collaborate on Rice Research with IRRI

Rice paddies in the Philippines
Photo: IRRI
Bayer CropScience has announced from Mondeim, Germany that it has entered into a research agreement with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Philippines to collaborate on rice research.

The agreement establishes a Scientific Know-how and Exchange Program (SKEP). Its mission is to "strengthen rice productivity through improved utilization of rice genetic diversity for crop improvement, disease management in rice, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and capacity building for young rice scientists."

This collaboration builds on the April 2008 the Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC), a public-private partnership focused on developing and sharing hybrid rice technologies.

This new SKEP agreement will focus on: 1) establishment of a new in-depth dataset of rice genome information for more than 2,000 different rice varieties and wild species; 2) methods to fight bacterial blight, a major disease in many Asian rice-growing countries; 3) the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in rice fields following a switch from transplanted rice to direct-seeded and water-saving irrigation; and 4) financial support for a full PhD scholarship to fund a new rice scientist.

For more see: "Bayer CropScience and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) expand rice science collaboration," Bayer CropScience, Press Release, Mondeim, Germany, 4 December 2009.

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