Bob's blog

news and views from IRRI's director general emeritus

Bob's blog

Dr. Robert "Bob" Zeigler was the director general of the International Rice Research Institute from 2005 to 2015 and is the institute's first Director General Emeritus.

Bob started off teaching science with the Peace Corps in Africa and went on to research plant diseases in South America, Asia, and the USA.

He tirelessly advocates the work of IRRI across the world to foster wider awareness of the issues facing rice farmers and consumers in the developing world and to garner support for rice research. He travels widely and shares his stories and opinions in this blog.

Jul31

The Visit

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

The Visit What kind of guy is Bill Gates? We know, of course, that he has a keen intellect and a curious mind. I was forewarned that he asks probing questions and can readily detect (what is the polite word for cattle droppings?), and despises it being served up to

Oct21

The second green revolution has begun: rice research and global food security

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

The second green revolution has begun: rice research and global food security To meet the world’s growing food security needs and face the parallel challenges of improving nutrition and reducing poverty under a changing global climate, a second – science-based – Green Revolution in agriculture is already under way.

Dec05

Plant phracking pops peak phosphorus?

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

OK, I could not resist the urge to have some phun with phonetics. The topic at hand was inspired by an article that IRRI’s Chief Information Officer circulated around to IRRI senior management last week.

Jul10

Designing rice

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

This week I opened the conference "Dialogue on designer rice for future - Perception and prospects" in India. This is what I shared with participants.

Dec16

Cut insecticide abuse to support rice industry

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

Is there any danger to too much pesticide use? And what reason is there, if any, for alarm?

Jun05

High science and smart policies will alleviate hunger and poverty

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

Indeed, it has been science-based improvements in agricultural technology that have contributed significantly—across two Green Revolutions—to alleviating hunger and poverty in India and most of Asia.

Oct25

Is “depraved cynicism” equal to “wicked”?

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

Those of you who read my recent blog are probably surprised to see me pop up again with another so soon. I try to space these out; but, this week I just cannot resist.

Oct31

Whose line is it, anyway?

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

The origins of rice varieties make for appealing discussions. Here's my take on Kasalath - whose origin remains a point of contention.

Apr30

Meeting Carl Lewis and running up hills

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

The other day I had the great and unexpected pleasure to spend a few hours with the Olympic legend Carl Lewis. Our conversation led to running up hills, and how you have to run up at a lot of hills to get anywhere... a bit like rice research.

Oct27

Should royalties support public research?

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

Could royalties from our technologies help support our research and get technologies – such as flood-tolerant rice – out to more farmers faster and more affordably?

Mar03

Time spent on Golden Rice research a valuable investment

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

When can we have Golden Rice on our plates?

Oct10

Seeing clearly: Golden Rice and climate science

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Golden Rice blog, Bob's blog

Seeing clearly: Golden Rice and climate science On World Sight Day, IRRI's Robert Zeigler reflects on what we can all do to help improve eyesight and support research to improve people’s vision.

Aug30

Making a killing on commodities

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

Can we fund research to stabilize trade and prices in the rice sector?

Jan16

A decade of rice storytelling

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

A popular magazine about rice? Hmmm … What will you write about after the first issue? That’s what I’m told one skeptic asked back in 2001 when IRRI was contemplating the development of a popular magazine devoted solely to rice.

Oct04

Rice research starts to pay off

Written by // Dr. Robert S. Zeigler Categories // Bob's blog

A recent report has shown that IRRI’s rice breeding work has increased rice yields in Vietnam  and is delivering $610 million per year to the country and has increased farmers’ returns by US$127 a hectare in southern Vietnam.

[12  >>