Thursday, September 25, 2014

IRRI conducts training on latest molecular breeding technologies for developing new rice varieties

By Jerome C. Barradas

IRRI Training is currently conducting a two-week molecular breeding course from 22 September to 3 October  at IRRI Headquarters, Philippines. The course covers the latest computer software used in molecular breeding and provides a holistic training on the latest molecular technologies that can be applied in developing high-yielding rice varieties that are not just resistant to various biotic and abiotic stresses but also has improved grain and nutritional quality.

This year’s course has 19 participants that include rice scientists and researchers from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.

The molecular breeding course is coordinated by Dr. Joong Hyoun Chin and Ms. Mayee Reveche of the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Division. The course is facilitated by Ms. Angie Maghuyop of the Training Center.

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