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Rice Today Vol. 9, No. 1

Rice Today Vol. 9, No. 1

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Published by Rice Today
January-March 2010
IRRI celebrates 50 years of rice research
Why cold tolerant rice is needed
The Lord of rice
How a modern rice variety is bred
January-March 2010
IRRI celebrates 50 years of rice research
Why cold tolerant rice is needed
The Lord of rice
How a modern rice variety is bred

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Rice Today
 
October-December 2009
 
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International Rice Research InstituteJanuary-March 2010, Vol. 9, No. 1
Why cold-tolerant rice is neededThe Lord of RiceHow a modern rice variety is bred
IRRI celebrates 50 years of rice research
 
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Vol. 9, No. 1
publisher
Jeremy Zwinger
associate publisher
Duncan Macintosh
managing editor
V. Subramanian
editor
Mia Aureus
associate editor
Lanie Reyes
contributing writers
Gene Hettel, Sophie Clayton, Sam Mohanty,Leah Baroña-Cruz, Trina Leah Mendoza
Arica editor
Savitri Mohapatra (AfricaRice)
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Rice Today 
is published by The Rice Trader Inc. (TRT) in association with theInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI). TRT, or 20 years, has brought subscribers crucial, up-to-the-minute inormationon rice trade through its weekly publication,
The Rice Trader.
Acknowledged asthe only source o confdential inormation about the rice market, this weeklysummary o market data analysis has helped both the leading commercial ricecompanies and regional government o cials make inormed decisions, which arecritical in today’s market.IRRI is the world’s leading international rice research and training center. Basedin the Philippines and with o ces in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous,nonproft institution ocused on improving the well-being o present and uturegenerations o rice armers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes,while preserving natural resources. It is one o the 15 nonproft internationalresearch centers supported, in part, by members o the Consultative Group onInternational Agricultural Research (CGIAR – www.cgiar.org) and a range o otherunding agencies.Responsibility or this publication rests with TRT and IRRI. Designations usedin this publication should not be construed as expressing TRT or IRRI policy oropinion on the legal status o any country, territory, city, or area, or its authorities,or the delimitation o its rontiers or boundaries.
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welcomes comments and suggestions rom readers.
Rice Today 
 assumes no responsibility or loss o or damage to unsolicited submissions, whichshould be accompanied by su cient return postage. The opinions expressed by columnists in
Rice Today 
do not necessarily reectthe views o TRT or IRRI.
Copyright International Rice Research Institute 2010This magazine is copyrighted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and is licensed or use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License(Unported). Unless otherwise noted, users are ree to copy, duplicate, or reproduce, and distribute, display, or transmit any o the articles or portions o the articles, and to make translations,adaptations, or other derivative works under the ollowing conditions.To view the ull text o this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.
On the covers:
To kick o IRRI’s 50th anniversary year,
Rice Today 
readers will see one o two covers or the January-March 2010 issue.One cover eatures Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn o Thailand, with camera in hand, as shetoured the Genetic Resources Center (with Director General Robert Zeigler behind her) on 17 November 2009 at IRRI’sheadquarters in the Philippines to ormally launch the Institute’s anniversary activities.The other cover shows the grand fnale freworks over IRRI that culminated a day-long festa on 13 December 2009or more than 3,000 IRRI sta members and their amilies and riends. See pages 32 and 33 or details.
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editorialtelephone: (+63-2) 580-5600 or (+63-2) 844-3351 to 53, ext 2725; ax: (+63-2) 580-5699or (+63-2) 845-0606; email: mia.aureus@thericetrader.com, l.reyes@cgiar.org
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EDITORIAL ................................................................4
New horizons o rice research
HIDDEN TREASURE ..................................................5NEWS .........................................................................6PEOPLE .....................................................................8HOW A MODERN RICE VARIETY IS BRED .............11
IRRI scientists explain how plant breeding, aided bynew technologies, has helped improve rice varietiesaround the world
JASMINE MEETS JAZZMAN ...................................13
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center jazzes up the market with a new breed o aromaticrice
NOCOOK RICE........................................................13
Indian scientists have developed high-yielding sotrice that requires no cooking
WINNING THE UPLAND POVERTY WAR ...............14
Upland rice fnds a niche in the mountain prosperity o Chiang Mai, Thailand
GRAPPLING WITH COLD ........................................20
IRRI, in collaboration with the Republic o Korea, isdeveloping new rice varieties that will soon warmup to cold temperatures
COLD REALITY ........................................................22
Filipino armers in the cool northern regions hope toplant cold-tolerant rice soon or better harvests
WEATHERING THE COLD .......................................26
Arica develops rice that can thrive in the region’scooler zones
MAPS .......................................................................28
Rice in the highlands
GRAIN POWER ........................................................30
During RG6, geneticists rom around the world fndways to power the next agricultural revolution
IRRI AT 50 ................................................................32
50 years o rice science or a better world
PIONEER INTERVIEWS ...........................................35
The trouble with you economists!
A LEGACY OF GENIUS ............................................38
John Sheehy’s creative brilliance leaves more than justblueprints o a whole new kind o rice plant
ADAPTING TO CHANGE .........................................40
Arica develops climate change–resilient rice technologies
RICE FACTS ..............................................................42
The global rice market: Where is it going?
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPLY CONCERNSDOMINATE WORLD RICE CONFERENCE ...............44
Emphatic call made or stronger ood securityoundations
CREAM OF THE CROP .............................................45
The Rice Trader introduces the Ariel Society and holdsthe frst annual “Lord o Rice” and “Best Rice in theWorld” competitions
GRAIN OF TRUTH ...................................................46
COP15 sets the climate or change

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