Tuesday, November 19, 2013

IRRI’s breeding program promoted to students

Twenty-nine college students from two universities in Southern Luzon attended a lecture at IRRI on the Institute’s breeding programs, including GM-assisted research, on 14 November 2013.

The students, accompanied by faculty members, represented Southern Luzon State University in Lucban, Quezon, and the four campuses of the Laguna State Polytechnic University.

Gerard Barry, IRRI’s Golden Rice project leader, presented an overview of the Institute’s breeding programs and discussed why GM technology is crucial to rice research.

Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general for communication and partnerships, gave an introduction to IRRI and its mission that includes developing healthier rice varieties.

A presentation was also made about the C4 Rice project.

The lecture is one of the activities lined up for National Biotechnology Week (25-29 November 2013) and was held in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD.  


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