Regional Group Fellowship on Phenotyping and Integrated Plant Mutation Breeding with Best Fit Soil and Water Management Practices for Climate Change Adaptation

Background Information

The negative effects of climate variability and change such as flood, drought, heat and salinity are major constraints affecting sustainable agricultural productivity globally. Most cultivated areas depend on rainfall. Where cropping relies on limited rainfall, the concerned areas are already affected by drought. Where the complementary part depends on irrigation, increasing water scarcity jeopardizes yield. Mitigating this situation requires an integrated approach to develop technology packages of mutant lines (broader adaptability to warrant sustainable high yield under variable climatic conditions) with proper water and nutrient utilization practices. In this context, mutation induction technique has shown potential as a valuable tool in developing drought / salinity tolerant mutant rice lines. In order to address these agricultural constraints, and as breeding a new cereal variety de novo takes 8 to 10 years, capacity has to be developed in order to use mutant varieties to their most efficient level. RAS5065 builds on the progress made under different national and regional TC projects, which already produced some segregating mutant lines with the aforementioned targeted agronomic characters. These mutant genetic stocks need to be further established, using technology packages developed and adapted at the Agency in order to ascertain their utility for breeding programs.

Purpose of Course

The purpose of this Group Fellowship training is to initiate the national collaborators of RAS5065 participating Member States to modern techniques in mutation breeding and in the use of integrated technology packages based on best fit soil and water management practices and mutation induction combined with efficiency enhancing biotechnologies.

Scope & Nature of the Course                           

The Group Fellowship training will include lectures on:

-     Mutation induction and detection techniques
-     Efficiency enhancing biotechnologies for mutation breeding
-     Best fit soil and water management practices including
  • Nutrient management using isotopic techniques
  • Soil moisture monitoring
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
-     Screening methodologies for abiotic stress tolerance

The Group Fellowship training will be held as 4 one week modules:

Module 1: Common, introduction to nuclear techniques in food  and agriculture
Module 2: a) breeders trained in mutation breeding and  efficiency enhancing biotechnologies; b) soil scientists trained in nuclear techniques in water and nutrient management
Module 3: a) soil scientists trained in mutation breeding and efficiency enhancing biotechnologies; b) breeders trained in nuclear applications
Module 4: Common ITC and integrated approaches including farmer participation

Target Participants: Breeders and soil scientists

Available Spaces:  25

Date and Venue

July 1-25, 2014
International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Contact Information

Noel Magor

Head, Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel No: (63-2) 580-5600
Fax No: (63-2) 891-1292; 580-5699