One of the five core goals of the new IRRI Strategic Plan (2007-2015) is to develop the next generation of rice scientists. This is particularly needed in the field of rice breeding. The number of rice breeders has decreased over the years, and those that remain need to combine their traditional breeding skills with new pre-breeding concepts and precision tools afforded by advances in rice genomics and information technology. Meanwhile, breeding varieties that are adoptable by farmers remains a major challenge, along with the dwindling funds for breeding research. This situation demands maximum impact from rice breeding using limited resources.
This training course aims to
The training will use various approaches: interactive lectures, group learning exercises and discussions, presentations on country/institutional breeding programs, field and laboratory visits, post-training action plan development and a field trip to observe Philippine breeding programs.
The course is targeted at breeders and agronomists working on variety development or cultivar testing, and at research managers with responsibility for rice breeding programs in the public, private, and NGO sectors.
Each participant will develop and present a plan for increasing the impact or efficiency of the breeding program of his/her institution/country, including envisioned future collaborative activities with IRRI.
DATE & VENUE
March 11-22, 2013
International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Dr. Noel Magor
Head, Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: (63- 2) 845-0563; 580 5600
Fax: (63- 2) 891-1292; 580 5699