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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, September 08, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


"Nothing in [plant breeding] makes sense except in the light of evolution."

Joshua N. Cobb
Scientist II: Rice Breeder - Irrigated SEAsia
Plant Breeding (PB)

The majesty and grandeur of biological diversity on planet Earth is a miraculous consequence of an extremely elegant system of evolutionary biology. Plant breeding is, fundamentally, a manipulation of that natural system for the benefit of humanity. The irrigated lowland breeding program at IRRI has been recognized as one of the primary drivers of the mid-20th century's Green Revolution, but has struggled to make similar contributions to yield potential in the decades that followed. This seminar will attempt to highlight some of the recent successes that the irrigated program has achieved and to articulate a new breeding philosophy, rooted in principles of evolutionary biology, which will form the foundation of the program's contributions to the early 21st century and beyond.


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