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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


From stress physiology to technology development in the rainfed lowlands of Southeast Asia


Y​oichiro Kato​​
Scientist​ II​-​Rainfed Lowland Agronomist for Southeast Asia
​​Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD)


The rainfed rice ecosystem spreads 55 million hectares in South and Southeast Asia, where rice growth is often hampered by water problems (drought and floods). In many cases, other problems related to soil and water, such as salinity and nutrient disorder, accompany them. Fortunately, breeders from IRRI and NARES have already developed a series of stress-tolerant rice varieties and have disseminated them to farmers’ fields. One of our challenges now is to make full use of these materials.

However, as experts themselves, Asian farmers already have an independent opinion on how they could make their crops adapt better to stress-prone environments. They are the ones to give a final review of any "innovative" option, and ready-made recommendations may not often work. In this seminar, I will briefly introduce how we've tried to address these issues in the Rainfed Lowland Agronomy team for the last two years, seeking for both basic understanding of and interaction with farmers.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines