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Rice Today Vol. 10, No. 3

Rice Today Vol. 10, No. 3

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Published by Rice Today
July-September 2011
Head over heels in love -- for rice
The perfect marriage
The Americas have two faces
Bangladesh combats the white plague
Mankind takes a giant leap -- again
Rice in their eyes
Beware of bronzing
July-September 2011
Head over heels in love -- for rice
The perfect marriage
The Americas have two faces
Bangladesh combats the white plague
Mankind takes a giant leap -- again
Rice in their eyes
Beware of bronzing

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Rice Today
 
July-September 2011
 
 www.irri.org 
 
International Rice Research InstituteJuly-September 2011, Vol. 10, No. 3
Mankind takes agiant leap—againThe Americas have two facesBeware of bronzingA rice breeder's odyssey
Bangladesh fghts its salinity problem
ISSN 1655-5422
 
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Rice Today
 
July-September 2011
 
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Vol. 10, No. 3
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Rice Today
 
July-September 2011
cover
Isagani Serrano
publisher
Jeremy Zwinger
associate publisher
Sophie Clayton
managing editor
V. Subramanian
editors
Mia Aureus, Lanie Reyes
contributing writers
Gene Hettel, Samarendu Mohanty, Andrew Nelson,Alaric Santiaguel, Ma. Lizbeth Baroña, Ma. Leah Baroña-Cruz
Arica editor
Savitri Mohapatra (AfricaRice)
copy editor
Bill Hardy
art director
Juan Lazaro IV
designer and production supervisor
Grant Leceta
photo editors
Chris Quintana, Isagani Serrano
circulation
Lourdes Columbres
Web master
Darell Sison
printer
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Rice Today 
is published by The Rice Trader Inc. (TRT) in association with theInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI). TRT, or 21 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 condential 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,nonprot 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 nonprot 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.
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On the cover:
White deposits o salt cover the rice felds in the coastalareas o South Asia, especially during the dry season.Dubbed the “white plague,” soil salinity is a seriousproblem in arming that can push cash-strappedsubsistence rice armers urther below the povertyline. Fortunately, armers can now combat salinity bycultivating BRRI dhan47, a salt-tolerant rice variety that isnow becoming popular in Bangladesh.
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EDITORIAL ................................................................4
On the threshold o 7 billion
NEWS .........................................................................5A RICE BREEDER’S ODYSSEY FROM SURFER TOSCIENTIST—AND ONWARD TO “MARS” ..........12HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE—FOR RICE ..............14
In the incredibly small world o rice science, two heartsfnd their true love
COUNTRY SNAPSHOT: BRAZIL .............................16THE PERFECT MARRIAGE ......................................18
Brazil develops a hybrid rice seed technology thatweds good grain quality and high yield
THE AMERICAS HAVE TWO FACES .......................21
The changing trade in the Americas reveals recoveringrice production in Brazil and a struggling crop inthe U.S.
BANGLADESH COMBATS THEWHITE PLAGUE .......................................................26
Salt may be a blessing to good cooking, but, in ricecultivation, it is a deadly sin
MANKIND TAKES A GIANT LEAP—AGAIN ...........30
Governments, individuals, and organizations,including IRRI, come together to secure the world’sood in a rozen cellar located just over a thousandkilometers away rom the North Pole
WHAT’S COOKING? ................................................32RICE IN THEIR EYES ................................................34
Visual artists give us a glimpse o the ethereal essenceo rice that otherwise lies invisible to the naked eye
BEWARE OF BRONZING .........................................38
Rice aces its own kryptonite—iron toxicity—andAricaRice is fnding a way to help rice survive it
MAPS .......................................................................40
Mali’s river o lie
HIDDEN TREASURE ................................................43 RICE FACTS ..............................................................44
The search or direction
GRAIN OF TRUTH ...................................................46
“Iron-clad” rice
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