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Seminar: SSD

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 10:00am - 11:00am


SSD Division Seminar

Wednesday, 16 September 2015
10:00-11:00 AM
SSD Conference Room, Drilon Building

“Economics of shorter breeding cycles in rice breeding”

Mr. Bert Lenaerts
MSC Student at University of Leuven

Social Sciences Division

This research has been conducted in the framework of an MSc thesis at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Rapid Generation Advance (RGA) is a breeding method that allows breeders to shorten the breeding cycle by growing more plants on a small area in a screenhouse. The shift from the widespread pedigree method to RGA delivers benefits both from a cost reduction as well as from an earlier release of varieties. So the first objective is to quantify these costs and benefits. Costs are studied based on the breeding programs currently conducted at IRRI; benefits are estimated using a meta-analysis of rice breeding impact studies, mainly from Asia. Secondly, this MSc thesis aims at eliciting the willingness to adopt RGA by NARS breeders across different countries and providing an overview of breeding methods currently used by them. To achieve this, a comprehensive online survey will be conducted across different rice breeding institutes worldwide. These two aims can be combined to study the ex-ante benefits, costs and constraints and describe the process of adoption of RGA by NARS breeders.