What's happening at IRRI

Seminar: PBGB

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 02:00pm - 03:00pm


Developing rice cultivars for Cambodia

Dr. Zhao Dule
Scientist II (Plant Breeder) and
IRRI Representative for Cambodia

1300-1400H, Wednesday, 25 March 2015
PBGB Conference Room 1


In Cambodia, rice is the staple crop grown in both dry and wet seasons, but rainfed lowland in the wet season is the major rice ecosystem. Under the ACIAR-supported project ‘Improved rice germplasm for Cambodia and Australia’ (2010-2015), we have evaluated about 1500 introductions, mainly from IRRI, for aerobic, irrigated, and rainfed ecosystems, identified a number of promising lines, and released two varieties. The project initiated a new breeding program at the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) targeting at the dry season rice cultivars with early maturity, good grain quality and high yield, and at the wet season rice cultivars with lodging resistance, drought/submergence tolerance. The project also conducted research on sensory quality of Cambodian rice aiming at finding QTLs for good sensory quality. In the presentation, I will briefly introduce rice production in Cambodia, report the research results, and discuss the breeding goals for Cambodia.


PBGB Conference Room 1