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IRRI, or the International Rice Research Institute, is a nonprofit independent research and training organization. IRRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. We work with our public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Our social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice.

Latest Episodes

The Big Bus!

For many IRRI employees The Big Bus (“Ang malaking bus“) is how they get to and from work. In 2014, it turns 30, and choices need to be made regarding its future. Michael Joyce reports that one potential fate of the bus (actually there are two of the same model) is particularly intriguing.

5 min2013 NOV 27
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The Big Bus!

The Origin of Rice | A Conversation with Archeobotanist Dr. Dorian Fuller | (Extended Version)

This is an extended (14:50) interview with Dr. Dorian Fuller, an archeobotanist from University College - London. It was recorded at the 7th Annual International Rice Genetics Symposium in Manila, Philippines on November 5th, 2013. For a shorter version: https://soundcloud.com/irri-radio/the-origin-of-rice For more information on Dr. Fuller: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff/fuller To read his blog: http://archaeobotanist.blogspot.com/ For more background on rice: http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=9081 [This interview originally published on November 14th, 2013]

14 min2013 NOV 14
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The Origin of Rice | A Conversation with Archeobotanist Dr. Dorian Fuller | (Extended Version)

The Origin of Rice | (Short Version)

A deceptively simple question: where does rice come from? The answer is understandably complex, incomplete, and mostly in the hands of two very different kind of scientists. On the one hand are archeologists - more specifically, 'archeobotanists' - whose modus operandi is still firmly rooted in excavations and exhaustive cataloging. On the other hand, geneticists,who work in one of the fastest growing and most technologic disciplines in all of science. IRRI Radio's Michael Joyce caught up with archeobotanist, Dr. Dorian Fuller, and geneticist, Dr. Susan McCouch at the 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium in Manila in November, 2013. It seems Drs. McCouch and Fuller not only wanted to talk about where rice comes from, but also why the answer to the question matters so much to so many. For the extended version of the interview with Dr. Dorian Fuller: https://soundcloud.com/irri-radio/the-origin-of-rice-a For more on Dr. Dorian Fuller: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff...

7 min2013 NOV 12
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The Origin of Rice | (Short Version)

The Sensory Testing of Rice

Just like wine, rice is consumed my millions. But unlike wine - although some might argue this - rice is a staple. It feeds over half the world. We hear about wine tasters. But not rice tasters. Dr. Rochie Cuevas of the IRRI Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) wants to change that. She firmly believes that a bridge can and should be built between the biochemical characteristics of rice and what we smell and taste and savor when we eat rice. Rochie is a dynamo. And worth listening to. It's fun trying to keep up with her as she bounces from the laboratory, to the grocery aisle, to a room full of rice tasters, and even to a garden table that holds two things: a bottle of wine and a bowl or rice ... Related Article: http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=12609:in-search-of-the-perfect-grain&lang=en Related Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-z-YphZYSM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxs-9zQb56L4ZJictrbCojQ Related Images: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=86712369@N00&q=gr...

4 min2013 NOV 7
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The Sensory Testing of Rice

The International Rice Genebank | 2013

The International Rice Genebank, maintained by IRRI, holds more than 117,000 types of rice, including modern and traditional varieties, and wild relatives of rice. It is the biggest collection of rice genetic diversity in the world. Countries from all over the world sent their rice to IRRI for safe keeping, and for sharing for the common public good. Traditional varieties and the wild species of rice are being lost through genetic erosion. Farmers adopt new varieties, and cease growing the varieties that they have nurtured for generations and eventually lose these varieties. Wild species are threatened with extinction as their habitats are destroyed by human disturbance. Future crop improvement needs the genetic variation from traditional varieties and related wild species to cope with the many biotic and abiotic stresses that challenge rice production around the world. IRRI works to ensure the long-term preservation of rice biodiversity as a part of the global strategy for the cons...

6 min2013 OCT 4
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The International Rice Genebank | 2013

IRRI's Genotyping Services Laboratory

The IRRI Genotyping Services Laboratory (GSL) has been created to support the needs of rice breeding programs within the Global Rice Science Partnership. A primary goal is to optimize the sample preparation workflow to increase the efficiency of rice leaf tissue sampling, DNA extraction, and DNA quality control in preparation for SNP genotyping. For more information: https://sites.google.com/a/irri.org/snp-genotyping-mmal/home

6 min2013 SEP 20
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IRRI's Genotyping Services Laboratory

Bigas Hackathon 2 | September 2013

The Bigas2 Hackathon brings together IT developers from around the Philippines to inspire innovations that help improve the livelihood of rice farmers. This hackathon is unique not only because of its focus on agricultural technology, but also because it is driven by IRRI's mission: • reduce poverty and hunger • improve the health of rice farmers and consumers • ensure that rice production is environmentally sustainable. Winners: https://sites.google.com/a/irri.org/rice-hackathon/winners

4 min2013 SEP 6
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Bigas Hackathon 2 | September 2013

Women & Rice Farming

"The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it is educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they're going to fall behind." ~ Barack Obama~ "Farming is a profession of hope." ~Brian Brett~ For more information on women in rice farming visit: Philippine Commission on Women | pcw.gov.ph CGIAR: Research on Gender & Agriculture http://www.cgiar.org/our-research/research-on-gender-and-agriculture/ [First aired on SoundCloud: August 7, 2013]

6 min2013 AUG 7
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Women & Rice Farming

Rice Survivor | Ep. 9 | Looking Back at the Inaugural Season

The first-ever season of Rice Survivor at the International Rice Research Institute began in December of 2012, and finished in May, 2013. Now the second season (Wet Season 2013) is already underway. We thought it would be fun to take a look back.

4 min2013 JUL 4
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Rice Survivor | Ep. 9 | Looking Back at the Inaugural Season

Rice & Nutrition

It could be argued that no disease reflects more about how we live than diabetes. It encompasses how we eat, how much we use our bodies, and hourly decisions regarding both. In many ways our blood sugar is as good an indicator of our health as is our blood pressure or body mass index. To call monitoring your blood sugar a 'numbers game' is to belittle a threat. A very significant one. And to call diabetes an 'epidemic' is not hyperbole. Diabetes is increasing in prevalence in ALL countries; especially the developing world. In Asia - where 90-percent of the world's rice is consumed - diabetes is particularly relevant. Yes, rice is a carbohydrate-rich staple, but its relationship to diabetes is far more nuanced than cause-and-effect. In this podcast Dr. Michael Joyce, MD delves into not just the relationship between diabetes and rice, but also the bigger picture of what role rice plays in an emerging global predicament; that is, most of us are getting far too much to eat, or far too l...

11 min2013 JUL 4
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Rice & Nutrition

Latest Episodes

The Big Bus!

For many IRRI employees The Big Bus (“Ang malaking bus“) is how they get to and from work. In 2014, it turns 30, and choices need to be made regarding its future. Michael Joyce reports that one potential fate of the bus (actually there are two of the same model) is particularly intriguing.

5 min2013 NOV 27
Comments
The Big Bus!

The Origin of Rice | A Conversation with Archeobotanist Dr. Dorian Fuller | (Extended Version)

This is an extended (14:50) interview with Dr. Dorian Fuller, an archeobotanist from University College - London. It was recorded at the 7th Annual International Rice Genetics Symposium in Manila, Philippines on November 5th, 2013. For a shorter version: https://soundcloud.com/irri-radio/the-origin-of-rice For more information on Dr. Fuller: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff/fuller To read his blog: http://archaeobotanist.blogspot.com/ For more background on rice: http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=9081 [This interview originally published on November 14th, 2013]

14 min2013 NOV 14
Comments
The Origin of Rice | A Conversation with Archeobotanist Dr. Dorian Fuller | (Extended Version)

The Origin of Rice | (Short Version)

A deceptively simple question: where does rice come from? The answer is understandably complex, incomplete, and mostly in the hands of two very different kind of scientists. On the one hand are archeologists - more specifically, 'archeobotanists' - whose modus operandi is still firmly rooted in excavations and exhaustive cataloging. On the other hand, geneticists,who work in one of the fastest growing and most technologic disciplines in all of science. IRRI Radio's Michael Joyce caught up with archeobotanist, Dr. Dorian Fuller, and geneticist, Dr. Susan McCouch at the 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium in Manila in November, 2013. It seems Drs. McCouch and Fuller not only wanted to talk about where rice comes from, but also why the answer to the question matters so much to so many. For the extended version of the interview with Dr. Dorian Fuller: https://soundcloud.com/irri-radio/the-origin-of-rice-a For more on Dr. Dorian Fuller: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff...

7 min2013 NOV 12
Comments
The Origin of Rice | (Short Version)

The Sensory Testing of Rice

Just like wine, rice is consumed my millions. But unlike wine - although some might argue this - rice is a staple. It feeds over half the world. We hear about wine tasters. But not rice tasters. Dr. Rochie Cuevas of the IRRI Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) wants to change that. She firmly believes that a bridge can and should be built between the biochemical characteristics of rice and what we smell and taste and savor when we eat rice. Rochie is a dynamo. And worth listening to. It's fun trying to keep up with her as she bounces from the laboratory, to the grocery aisle, to a room full of rice tasters, and even to a garden table that holds two things: a bottle of wine and a bowl or rice ... Related Article: http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=12609:in-search-of-the-perfect-grain&lang=en Related Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-z-YphZYSM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxs-9zQb56L4ZJictrbCojQ Related Images: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=86712369@N00&q=gr...

4 min2013 NOV 7
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The Sensory Testing of Rice

The International Rice Genebank | 2013

The International Rice Genebank, maintained by IRRI, holds more than 117,000 types of rice, including modern and traditional varieties, and wild relatives of rice. It is the biggest collection of rice genetic diversity in the world. Countries from all over the world sent their rice to IRRI for safe keeping, and for sharing for the common public good. Traditional varieties and the wild species of rice are being lost through genetic erosion. Farmers adopt new varieties, and cease growing the varieties that they have nurtured for generations and eventually lose these varieties. Wild species are threatened with extinction as their habitats are destroyed by human disturbance. Future crop improvement needs the genetic variation from traditional varieties and related wild species to cope with the many biotic and abiotic stresses that challenge rice production around the world. IRRI works to ensure the long-term preservation of rice biodiversity as a part of the global strategy for the cons...

6 min2013 OCT 4
Comments
The International Rice Genebank | 2013

IRRI's Genotyping Services Laboratory

The IRRI Genotyping Services Laboratory (GSL) has been created to support the needs of rice breeding programs within the Global Rice Science Partnership. A primary goal is to optimize the sample preparation workflow to increase the efficiency of rice leaf tissue sampling, DNA extraction, and DNA quality control in preparation for SNP genotyping. For more information: https://sites.google.com/a/irri.org/snp-genotyping-mmal/home

6 min2013 SEP 20
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IRRI's Genotyping Services Laboratory

Bigas Hackathon 2 | September 2013

The Bigas2 Hackathon brings together IT developers from around the Philippines to inspire innovations that help improve the livelihood of rice farmers. This hackathon is unique not only because of its focus on agricultural technology, but also because it is driven by IRRI's mission: • reduce poverty and hunger • improve the health of rice farmers and consumers • ensure that rice production is environmentally sustainable. Winners: https://sites.google.com/a/irri.org/rice-hackathon/winners

4 min2013 SEP 6
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Bigas Hackathon 2 | September 2013

Women & Rice Farming

"The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it is educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they're going to fall behind." ~ Barack Obama~ "Farming is a profession of hope." ~Brian Brett~ For more information on women in rice farming visit: Philippine Commission on Women | pcw.gov.ph CGIAR: Research on Gender & Agriculture http://www.cgiar.org/our-research/research-on-gender-and-agriculture/ [First aired on SoundCloud: August 7, 2013]

6 min2013 AUG 7
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Women & Rice Farming

Rice Survivor | Ep. 9 | Looking Back at the Inaugural Season

The first-ever season of Rice Survivor at the International Rice Research Institute began in December of 2012, and finished in May, 2013. Now the second season (Wet Season 2013) is already underway. We thought it would be fun to take a look back.

4 min2013 JUL 4
Comments
Rice Survivor | Ep. 9 | Looking Back at the Inaugural Season

Rice & Nutrition

It could be argued that no disease reflects more about how we live than diabetes. It encompasses how we eat, how much we use our bodies, and hourly decisions regarding both. In many ways our blood sugar is as good an indicator of our health as is our blood pressure or body mass index. To call monitoring your blood sugar a 'numbers game' is to belittle a threat. A very significant one. And to call diabetes an 'epidemic' is not hyperbole. Diabetes is increasing in prevalence in ALL countries; especially the developing world. In Asia - where 90-percent of the world's rice is consumed - diabetes is particularly relevant. Yes, rice is a carbohydrate-rich staple, but its relationship to diabetes is far more nuanced than cause-and-effect. In this podcast Dr. Michael Joyce, MD delves into not just the relationship between diabetes and rice, but also the bigger picture of what role rice plays in an emerging global predicament; that is, most of us are getting far too much to eat, or far too l...

11 min2013 JUL 4
Comments
Rice & Nutrition
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