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Books

Given IRRI’s rich history, we’ve published numerous books over the years detailing the Institute’s work in numerous areas. IRRI’s books tackle subject matter as diverse as the impact of rice research on farmers as well as consumers to climate change and rice policy. These books are free to download. If you encounter any problems downloading any of IRRI's publications, please email us at .

In addition to recent titles listed below, go to IRRI's presence on Google Book Search to access the entire collection.

Research to Impact: Case Studies for Natural Resource Management for Irrigated Rice in Asia

Research to Impact: Case Studies for Natural Resource Management for Irrigated Rice in Asia

F.G. Palis, G.R. Singleton, M.C. Casimero, B. Hardy

This book is a key resource for scientists, extension workers, and students who are interested in overcoming the research and extension divide for effective scaling up and scaling out of agricultural technologies. The various case studies presented emphasize the important role of research along the research-to-impact continuum.

Rice in the Global Economy: Strategic Research and Policy Issues for Food Security

Rice in the Global Economy: Strategic Research and Policy Issues for Food Security

Sushil Pandey, Derek Byerlee, David Dawe, Achim Dobermann, Samarendu Mohanty, Scott Rozelle, Bill Hardy

The past decade has seen many changes that will shape the way food will be produced in the future. Rapid economic progress, especially in Asia, has led to rising wages and more diversified diets. The weather has always had important effects on production, but climate change may lead to particularly profound impacts. The food economy is now more integrated with other sectors of the global economy, including both energy and financial markets.

Rodent Outbreaks: Ecology and Impacts

Rodent Outbreaks: Ecology and Impacts

Grant Singleton, Steve Belmain, Peter Brown, Bill Hardy

Rats have long been the scourge of smallholder farmers in many rice-growing regions in Asia and throughout the world. In 1990, the International Rice Research Institute held an international workshop simply called “Rats in Rice,” which assembled rodent experts from around the globe.

Accelerating Hybrid Rice Development

Accelerating Hybrid Rice Development

F. Xie, B. Hardy

The 5th International Symposium on Hybrid Rice was held at Changsha, Hunan, China, on 11-15 September 2008. It brought together leading researchers and industry experts to review and discuss current knowledge and progress on hybrid rice development, seed production, molecular applications, crop and resource management, and economics, as well as to discuss future research strategies to enhance and sustain hybrid rice technology.

Integrated Crop and Resource Management in the Rice-Wheat System of South Asia

Integrated Crop and Resource Management in the Rice-Wheat System of South Asia

J.K. Ladha, Yadvinder-Singh, O. Erenstein, B. Hardy

These research outputs were presented at the Regional Technical Coordination Committee (RTCC) Meeting of the RWC held in New Delhi, India, on 2-3 February 2009, together with insights solicited from other scientists working on the same subject. This book compiles the research, delivery, and impact results and insights presented during the RTCC meeting.

Planthoppers: new threats to the sustainability of intensive rice production systems in Asia

Planthoppers: new threats to the sustainability of intensive rice production systems in Asia

K.L. Heong , B. Hardy

This book provides summaries and analyses of key works and issues related to developments in research on the biology and ecology of planthoppers and provides details on management approaches. It has 19 chapters: of these, 17 are from the papers presented at the International Conference on Planthoppers – new threats to the sustainability of intensive rice production systems in Asia held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines, in June 2008. The aim of this book is to help shift paradigms in planthopper management and chart new sustainable approaches that will reduce the vulnerability of farmers’ rice fields to hopper burn, virus infections, and economic losses.

Direct Seeding of Rice and Weed Management in the Irrigated Rice- Wheat Cropping System of the Indo-Gangetic Plains

Direct Seeding of Rice and Weed Management in the Irrigated Rice- Wheat Cropping System of the Indo-Gangetic Plains

Y. Singh, V.P. Singh, B. Chauhan, A. Orr, A.M. Mortimer, D.E. Johnson, B. Hardy

To take stock of the present knowledge on direct seeding of rice, a workshop was organized at Pantnagar. Papers presented in this workshop covered the major aspects of rice production—methods of rice establishment, weeds and weed management in different cropping systems, water management, varieties suited to direct seeding, rice quality, and socioeconomic issues.

Drought Frontiers in Rice: Crop Improvement for Increased Rainfed Production

Drought Frontiers in Rice: Crop Improvement for Increased Rainfed Production

R. Serraj, J. Bennett, B. Hardy

The Frontier Project on Drought-Resistant Rice will scale up gene detection and delivery for use in marker-aided breeding. The development of high-throughput, high-precision phenotyping systems will allow genes for component traits to be efficiently mapped, and their effects assessed on a range of drought-related traits, moving the most promising genes into widely-grown rice mega-varieties.

Improving Agricultural Productivity in Rice-Based Systems of the High Barind Tract of Bangladesh

Improving Agricultural Productivity in Rice-Based Systems of the High Barind Tract of Bangladesh

C.R. Riches, D. Harris, D.E. Johnson, B. Hardy

This book provides information on the application of validated technologies. It discussed opportunities for improving rice and rabi crop production in the High Barind Tract. The last two chapters discuss the experiences of technology development for this highly variable rainfed environment.

Bringing hope, improving lives

Bringing hope, improving lives

IRRI’s previous strategic plan, entitled IRRI Toward 2020, ambitiously sought to carry the Institute over a 25-year period. The present plan endeavors to take the Institute over a more modest 9 years, joining the world in seeking to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Nonetheless, much of the work outlined here will extend beyond 2015.

Rice Genetics V

Rice Genetics V

D.S. Brar, D.J. Mackill, B. Hardy

This volume is a collection of the papers presented at the fifth International Rice Genetics Symposium (IRGS) on the latest developments in the field, and includes research on breeding, mapping of genes and QTLs, identification and cloning of candidate genes for biotic and abiotic stresses, gene expression, genomic databases, and mutant induction for functional genomics.

Technologies for improving rural livelihoods in rainfed systems in South Asia

Technologies for improving rural livelihoods in rainfed systems in South Asia

Edited by Z. Islam, M. Hossain, T. Paris, B. Hardy, J. Gorsuch

The overall goal of the project is to reduce rural poverty by improving farmer livelihoods through sustainable gains in the productivity and diversity of rainfed environments in the eastern Gangetic Plains.

Economic costs of drought and rice farmers' coping mechanisms

Economic costs of drought and rice farmers' coping mechanisms

Edited by S. Pandey, H. Bhandari, B. Hardy

Drought is a major constraint affecting rice production, especially in rainfed areas across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Charting new pathways to C4 rice

Charting new pathways to C4 rice

J.E. Sheehy, P.L. Mitchell, B. Hardy

This project promises to be a universally important voyage of discovery about the most important of all plant mechanisms: photosynthesis.

Why does the Philippines import rice?

Why does the Philippines import rice?

Edited by D.C. Dawe, P.F. Moya, C.B. Casiwan

For rice in the Philippines, the government is the only entity that has the legal authority to arrange imports.

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