Feathers in the Fields: The Birds of International Rice Research Institute
From 3 May through 27 September 2013, a photographic exhibition at the Riceworld Museum of the International Rice Research Institute (http://irri.org) in Los Banos, Philippines, is featuring the more than 50 birds species that frequent the Institute's rice plots on its experimental farm.
Here, some of the contributors talk about their passion for photographing and observing these feathered creatures and how they photograph birds in the fields.
The last two videos show the opening program, ribbon cutting, and viewing of the exhibition on Friday afternoon, 3 May 2013.
Farmers tell their stories about using various new and helpful technologies such as the Superbag, direct seeding of rice using a drumseeder, using flood-tolerant rice varieties, laser leveling, and aerobic rice.
Starting in early December 2012, Achim Dobermann, deputy director general for research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org), and Leigh Vial, head of IRRI's experiment station, begin IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2. It is the continuation of a special project in which they demonstrate how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm.
Starting out this time, they have decided to mechanically transplant seedlings instead of direct seeding and half the plot is planted to a hybrid variety and the other to an inbred variety.
In this series of lectures conducted at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org), 22-26 March 2013, Professor R. Ford Denison (adjunct professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior at the University of Minnesota) tackled the following topics, related to his book "Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture". -- http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9777.html
Lectures in this playlist: 1. Improving on nature? 2. Real, complex, and imaginary tradeoffs. 3. Evolutionary tradeoffs as opportunities. 4. More tradeoff-linked opportunities. 5. Nature cannot be fooled.
As human populations grow and resources are depleted, agriculture will need to use land, water, and other resources more efficiently and without sacrificing long-term sustainability. Darwinian Agriculture presents an entirely new approach to these challenges, one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selection.
Prof. Denison shows how both biotechnology and traditional plant breeding can use Darwinian insights to identify promising routes for crop genetic improvement and avoid costly dead ends.
Denison explains why plant traits that have been genetically optimized by individual selection--such as photosynthesis and drought tolerance--are bad candidates for genetic improvement. Traits like plant height and leaf angle, which determine the collective performance of plant communities, offer more room for improvement.
Agriculturalists can also benefit from more sophisticated comparisons among natural communities and from the study of wild species in the landscapes where they evolved.
One of the world's largest global scientific partnerships for sustainable agricultural development has launched a bold new research initiative that aims to dramatically improve the ability of rice farmers to feed growing populations in some of the world's poorest nations. The efforts of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) are expected to lift 150 million people out of poverty by 2035 and prevent the emission of greenhouse gases by an amount equivalent to more than 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
Video 1 features insights from GRiSP director Bas Bouman during the 25 February-1 March 2013 Theme Leaders Meeting held at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
Video 2 features additional interviews of participants at the February 2013 Theme Leaders Meeting.
Video 3 features GRiSP Director Bas Bouman and AfricaRice Director for Research Marco Wopereis at the recent 2012 AfricaRice Science Week and GRiSP-Africa Forum.
Video 4 features Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, and Achim Dobermann, IRRI deputy director for research, discussing the future of rice farming and the importance of partnerships in rice research, specifically GRiSP.
Videos 5-11 archive GRiSP activities for 2011.
Videos 12-16 highlight a panel discussion about GRiSP during the International Rice Congress on 11 November 2010. From left to right in these videos are: Alain Ghesquière, head of the IRD Genome and Development Research Unit; Marco Wopereis, AfricaRice deputy director general and director of research for development; Carlos Pérez del Castillo, chair of CGIAR consortium board; Achim Dobermann, IRRI deputy director general for research; Robert Habib, head of the CIRAD Department of Tropical Production and Processing Systems; and César Martínez, CIAT rice program leader.
On 29 November 2012, the community at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org) celebrated the 100,000th rice breeding cross, a true milestone in the Institute's 52-year history existence.
The parents for the 100,000th cross were IR09M105 and NSICRC 214.The objective of this particular cross was to improve eating quality.
During January-June 2012, Achim Dobermann, deputy director general for research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org), and Leigh Vial, head of IRRI's experiment station, conducted a special project, the IRRI Agronomy Challenge, in which they demonstrated how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm.
This series of 18 videos shows the step-by-step process of successes--and failures--from soil preparation and variety selection to harvest, postharvest, and assessment of what happened.
Special guest experts from IRRI appeared from time to time to discuss certain activities and issues.
See blog commentary on the IRRI Web site at http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=category&id=571:achim-dobermanns-blog&lang=en
The 19th installment in this series provides a compiled 43-minute documentary made up from the previous individual video clips.
Nutrient Manager for Rice Application (NMRiceApp) is a product of ongoing partnership between IRRI and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through the Philippine Department of Agriculture. The idea behind the use of smartphones and NMRiceApp is that farmers won't need to go to their towns or cities to get site-specific nutrient management advice via the Internet, especially when far from their farms.
By using NMRiceApp on their smartphones, extension officers can instead visit farmers, interview them, and store information on their smartphone. Once the smartphone is connected to the Internet, the extension officer can process the fertilizer recommendation for the farmer and send it to him or her via a text message.
During a 2-day event (10-11 November 2012), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org) and wireless services provider Smart Communications (http://www1.smart.com.ph/corporate) called on all mobile developers to create and pitch Web and/or mobile applications that could be the next big tech push for rice farming.
In celebration of National Rice Awareness Month, IRRI and Smart through its developer community program Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet) staged the "BIGAS Hackathon", which was a developer event that aimed to churn out apps that can further enhance the impact of rice production technologies.
This playlist of 12 videos includes opening introductions from IRRI and Smart; needs and challenges presented by IRRI for the hackers to work on; the hackers doing their thing; announcing of the awards; messages from Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, and Ramon Isberto, head of PLDT-Smart Public Affairs; and the presentations made by the award winners.
These dramatic episodes in the "Life in Transition" series. from Bangladesh, in Bangla with English subtitles, were produced by the Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihoods (FoSHoL) in association with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org).
Completed in June 2009, the FoSHoL project sought to build the capacities of food insecure farm households in communities in the Barind Tract of northwestern Bangladesh.
Working in selected vulnerable communities, the project: built the capacities of targeted households to innovate in their agricultural activities; trained selected participants to become Resource Farmers capable of facilitating agricultural innovation in their communities; built the capacities of community groups to work together to address constraints and opportunities affecting food security; and built the capacities of local actors to replicate and sustain project activities. Funding was provided by the European Commission.
Since he is contemplating producing more of these educational dramas in Bangladesh, Zainul Abedin, IRRI Representative for Bangladesh -- http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=11312:abedin-mohammed-zainul&lang=en -- would appreciate any feedback.
Established in 1960 and based in the Philippines, IRRI is the oldest and largest international agricultural research institute in Asia. It is an autonomous, nonprofit rice research and education organization with staff based in Asian and African countries.
IRRI's mission is to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure that rice production is environmentally sustainable. It works closely with most rice-producing and -consuming countries and their national agricultural research and extension systems as well as farming communities and a range of international, regional, and local organizations.
IRRI conducts research and provides training and education for those helping rice farmers by disseminating information and proven, sustainable technologies.
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Established in 1960 and based in the Philippines, IRRI is the oldest and largest international agricultural research institute in Asia. It is an autonomous, nonprofit rice research and education organization with ...