Plant Physiologist and Deputy Division Head
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), IRRI
Dr. Krishna Jagadish will highlight the research achievements, current status, and potential areas for resource investment in the future to help IRRI lead the way in heat stress research. In particular, the seminar will focus on: (1) aspects related to different research approaches taken (escape, tolerance, and avoidance) to reduce the negative impact of heat stress, (2) differential mechanisms that induce yield losses with high day and high night temperature, (3) progress in quantifying the role of night respiration and high night temperature-induced yield and quality losses, and (4)[P1] the extent to which heat stress is integral to salinity or drought stress.
In addition, the key role that temperature can play in the adoption of water-saving technologies, such as direct-seeded rice, will be discussed. The talk will end with Dr. Jagadish’s opinion on where heat stress needs to be placed in IRRI’s research scheme.