Friday, August 30, 2019

BMZ funded project holds planning meeting

The  IRRI-coordinated project, VERDE (Leveraging Diversity for Ecologically Based Pest Management) is holding its 2nd Annual Meeting and Planning Workshop at Himawari Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that began on 27 August 2019  and followed by  field experiments’ tour in Prey Veng province on 28 August. Thirty (30) researchers and scientists from partners in Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Cambodia; Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh; and the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany., participated in the event. This research project grant came from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The goal of the VERDE project is to develop a smart deployment of resistance genes, and test ecological engineering – mechanisms to manage rice pests and reduce pesticide dependency, without negative impacts on yield.  The project’s scope includes studies on: 1) rice breeding 2) pest surveillance (blast, bacterial blight, tungro and brown plant hopper) 2) ecological engineering scheme development, and 4) social science specifically on market driven study on Investment Game Application (IGA). All of these studies are currently being implemented in the two target countries-Bangladesh and Cambodia.

The VERDE project began on 01 January 2018.

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