Advances in hybrid rice technology
The 3rd International Symposium on Hybrid Rice was held at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, 14-16 November 1996 to review and discuss opportunities for enhancing and sustaining hybrid vigor in rice. It was cosponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, United Nations Development Programme, IRRI, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the MAHYCO Research Foundation of India. The 1st and 2nd International Symposia on Hybrid Rice were held in China (1986) and at IRRI (1992); the latter was organized under the umbrella of the International Rice Research Conference.
About 200 hybrid rice scientists from 20 countries participated in the 3rd symposium and discussed different aspects of improving hybrid rice technology and making it available outside of China. Contributions covered the current scenario on hybrid rice, approaches and strategies for increasing breeding efficiency and enhancing yield heterosis, and sustainability of hybrid rice technology. Several country reports on the current status of developing and adopting hybrid rice technology were also presented and a meeting of the International Task Force on Hybrid Rice was held during the symposium. Papers presented at the symposium are compiled in this book. In addition, summaries of the posters presented at the symposium were published separately in International Rice Research Notes, Vol. 23(1) and 23(2). This book provides valuable information on the new technology and serves as a useful reference for researchers and students interested in investigating the subject.