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(Photos: Chris Quintana) Dr. Vial came to the Philippines to head IRRI’s Experiment Station in early 2011, after a 15-year career in the Australian rice industry, then 3 years pursuing a PhD and consulting to an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) lowland rice project in Lao...

Details of “Hats, baskets, carpets they make or fuel, fodder and mulch Straw does various shapes and sizes, even bags for a punch,” a piece...

Chicken Biryani (Photo by Marites Saucelo, IRRI)   Biryani is a rice-based meal made with spices, rice (usually basmati), and meat, fish, eggs, or...

(Photo: Chris Quintana) Patti Heong, spouse of Dr. K.L. Heong, a senior scientist at IRRI responsible for research on arthropod ecology and integrated...

In the Philippines, a country with 1,001 fiestas, town celebrations tend to become indistinguishable from one another. Brass marching bands, multicolored...

Rangoli is traditional Indian art made from rice flour that is used to adorn Hindu homes. Elaborate and colorful patterns are used during festive occasions....

Pongal rice, a porridge dish unique to Tamil cuisine and traditionally prepared for the harvest festival. (Photo by Chris Quintana) “Pongal is a harvest...

(Photo: IRRI) In honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is based in the Philippines, the Philippine Postal...

The author (center) with two symposium staff clad in kimonos. (Photo: Furya Takashi) Maybe I was hallucinating but I thought I saw a pair of socks among...

Mysterious crop circles of incredible complexity that appear overnight, or a baseball park as in the 1989 film Field of dreams—who knows what you might...