Wednesday, May 28, 2014

IRRI holds course for a new generation of plant scientists

By Earl Gio N. Manuel

IRRI is currently holding the Rice: Research to Production (RR2P) course from May 19-June 6 at the IRRI Training Center (TC). The three-week course aims to create a new generation of plant scientists that are well-networked within the international community.

The RR2P course provides participating scientists with an understanding of the importance of innovative plant science in solving global problems; the basics of rice production; the issues related to IRRI's germplasm exchange and property rights; the research issues affecting IRRI and its development partners; and effective international collaborations and planning as part of the international research community in the future.  It also offers hands-on training in rice breeding, molecular genetics, and genomics.

A total of 26 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States are attending the training.

Members of the Training Management Team for the RR2P course are Dr. Hei Leung (plant pathologist and geneticist, CESD), Dr. Noel Magor (head, TC), Dr. Michael Thomson (molecular geneticist and marker applications specialist,PBGB), Dr. Susan McCouch (professor, Cornell University), Engr. Eugenio Castro Jr., (senior research manager, TC), and Maria Socorro Arboleda (senior training specialist, TC).

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