Friday, 20 June 2014

INGER @ 40: Achievements, challenges, and opportunities

By Ed Redoña
Senior Scientist II (rice breeding)
Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division, and
International Network for the Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER)

1:15-2:15 p.m., Thursday, 26 June 2014
Havener Auditorium, IRRI


In 2014, the International Network for the Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER; will complete its 40th year. Over the last four decades, INGER has become a global brand, known throughout the rice varietal improvement and genetic resources communities as a primary source of elite breeding materials for use by both public and private sectors in their own breeding programs. Roughly 60% of the world’s modern rice varieties, for example, directly or indirectly trace back to INGER.

In this seminar, Ed will discuss the history of this global model for germplasm exchange, highlight some of its achievements, discuss some recent initiatives and, finally, give us a peek into how INGER’s life might begin again at 40.

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