Abiotic stresses are major problems for rice production worldwide, with variable impacts on productivity depending on severity and intensity of prevailing stresses. These challenges are becoming more important with the progressive increase in demands for, and dependencies on marginal resources to meet the ever rising needs for more food, and with further deterioration in natural resources caused by climate change. Developing rice genotypes and good management practices to enhance and sustain rice yields under these substandard conditions will entail the use of cutting edge genetic and genomic tools together with proper phenotyping. Over the recent past, considerable progress was made in developing tools for genetic manipulation, but less so in proper phenotyping, which still remain the major bottleneck for further progress. This course is an initial effort to prepare a generation of rice scientists acquainted with the most recent phenotyping approaches. The course will include a series of lectures by specialists to raise the awareness of the participants on these challenges, highlighting the current understanding of bases of tolerance and adaptation. The major part of the course will involve hands-on exercises in using various protocols and in operating selected equipments used to assess these stresses and to accurately quantify plant responses, as bases for proper selection during various stages of germplasm improvement.
OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING WORKSHOP
July 1-12, 2013
Dr. Noel Magor