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For thousands of years, the  indigenous tribes of the mountainous Cordillera region in the northern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines placed their fate in the hands of chosen women. They are the “seed keepers” and they are tasked with harvesting the life force of their rice. Through the millennia...

A spectrum of varieties. Rice genome diversity reflects the landscapes where rice is grown – from lowland paddies to sloping uplands. (Photo:IRRI) The...

Melissa Fitzgerald (right) and Teodie Atienza analyze rice-grain quality. (Photo: Jose Raymond Panaligan) The publication in 2005 of the rice genome—the...

The Alarm project will help researchers predict how climate change will affect rice-growing regions such as this area along the Magat River, which separates...

A GROUP OF RICE FARMERS, led by rural development expert Jan Orsini (hidden), raises an incongruous but rousing Thai victory chant in Comilla, Bangladesh....

DR. BRAR EXAMINES an example of the wild species Oryza rufi pogon, which donated tolerance to acid sulfate soils to IRRI’s popular, highyielding variety...