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New agreement opens Venues for Strengthening Indian Rice Research

Summary posted by Meridian on 1/27/2009

Source: IRRI

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The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has signed a 3-yearr agreement to work together to support and facilitate rice research in India. According to the press release, the work plan includes agreements on three major rice projects that are being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the U.S. The first project, called "Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia" (STRASA) aims to develop and distribute improved varieties of rice to farmers who have little or no access to irrigation. A second project, called "the Cereal systems initiative for South Asia" (CSISA), will employ "innovative" public-private partnerships to deliver grain technology to farmers; its 10-year goal is to enable to production of an additional 5 million tons of grain annually. A third project is called creating the second green revolution by supercharging photosynthesis: C4 rice. Its goal is to create rice that rely on C4 photosynthesis rather than on C3 photosynthesis. It has been predicted that C4 rice would produce 50 percent higher yields than conventional rice and require less water and fertilizer. The press release can be viewed online at the link below.

The original article may still be available at http://beta.irri.org/news/index.php/Press-Releases/2009/New-agreement-opens-avenues-for-strengthening-Indian-rice-research.html

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