Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division

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IRRI's Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division

Because of the increasing demand for rice varieties that can adapt to difficult conditions, our researchers have been developing new approaches and products that fit farmer practices, production environments, and consumer needs. Our researchers also ensure that these are resilient to climate change.

Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB) is a research division at IRRI that encompasses the disciplines of plant breeding, molecular biology, plant pathology, and genetics. The division develops improved varieties suitable for major rice ecosystems: irrigated, rainfed lowland, upland-aerobic, adverse soils, and temperate.

PBGB is responsible for discovering genes underlying the major traits manipulated in rice breeding. The division has developed climate change-ready rice, stress-tolerant rice, and healthier rice. These varieties not only benefit the farmers, but the consumers as well.

PBGB also explores novel breeding approaches such as wide hybridization, hybrid rice, molecular markers, and genetic transformation. The division also breeds separately for nutrient use efficiency for plants, as well as weed competitive ability. These make the process more efficient, thus, products are delivered faster to our stakeholders.

Read more about PBGB's work in Better rice varieties.

Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division working in rice field

For more information, contact:

Dr. George Kotch

Head, Plant Breeding

Dr. Hei Leung

Head, Genetics & Biotechnology

Ms. Elma Nicolas

Division Administrative Coordinator