Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Young aspiring scientists attend symposium on the impact of climate change on rice crop

More than 200 participants, mostly students taking up advanced classes in plant physiology and agronomy from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos, attended a mini-symposium on the stresses facing rice production due to climate change. Stress Talks: Rice against the elements featured heat, drought, salinity, and submergence—common abiotic stresses in rice aggravated by climate change.

Dr. Ma. Carmelita Alberto of the Climate Change Unit at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) delivered a speech at the plenary session giving participants an overview of the topics. The Physiology Cluster of the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) at IRRI presented lectures, posters, and actual demonstrations of research outputs and current studies. Dr. Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, Dr. Matthew Morell, deputy director general for research, and Dr. David Johnson, head of CESD, expressed their appreciation for the interest shown by young aspiring rice scientists.

Stress Talks: Rice against the elements, spearheaded by the Division Management Committee of CESD, was held at the DL Umali Rooms A,B&C on 30 March.  The mini-symposium aimed to (1) provide venue for young CESD scientists to feature their research studies; (2) disseminate information and knowledge to other Division clusters in and the IRRI community; and (3) foster partnership between the academe and CESD for future rice research projects.

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