LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—In 2016, South Korea celebrates 100 years of science and technology by recalling the storied history of its miracle rice called Tongil (or Tong-Il). The rice is viewed by many as one of the country's most important scientific achievements in the 20th century.
|Behind the scenes at the Zeigler Experiment Station: A Korean actor (in lab gown) plays the role of|
a young Dr.Mun-Hue Heu. (Photo by Jessieca Catapang, IRRI)
|Dr. Heu was a remarkable plant breeder who|
demonstrated great skills, dedication,
and passion for his work. (Photo: Rice Today)
“Through the documentary, we are seeking to share with Koreans around the world and the international community how our people were, with the help of IRRI, freed from hunger following the devastation of the Korean War,” said Jea Hyuk Lee, KBS producer.
A reenactment at IRRI's Zeigler Experiment Station presents the late Dr. Mun-Hue Heu, the father of the Korean Green Revolution, and Dr. Hank Beachell, then head of IRRI's Plant Breeding Division. The two scientists were instrumental in developing Korea's miracle rice.
The documentary was filmed on 28-29 March. The episodes featuring IRRI will air on 21 April on KBS TV.
|Tongil, Korea’s “miracle rice” with its yield potential of 5 tons per hectare, played a major role in enabling the|
country to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production in the 1970s. (Photo by Moises John Reyes)