On 29 November 2016 at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (http://irri.org) in the science and nature city of Los Baños, farmers, scientists, research and funding partners, and members of the diplomatic community gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of rice variety IR8’s official release to the world's rice farmers. It was part of IRRI’s annual Partners’ and Farmers’ Day event.
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 Green Super Rice, the Superbag, direct seeding of rice using a drumseeder, using flood-and salt- 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.