IRRI receives USD 2 million grant from to use AI to speed-up development of new rice varieties

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IRRI will receive a USD 2 million grant from Google’s philanthropic arm,, to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in fast-tracking the development and deployment of resilient, high-yielding varieties to sustain and increase rice production in the face of climate change.

Through the grant, IRRI’s Fit-for-Future Genetic Resources Unit which stewards the International Rice Genebank (IRG) aims to apply AI and high-throughput phenotyping methodologies to assess the IRG rice collection’s tolerance to environmental stresses such as flooding, drought, and salinity—a laborious, costly, and time-consuming process—more efficient.

This will also promote the enhanced utilization of the genebank’s resources.

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  1. Raj Bhandari September 24, 2023 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    We are confronted with 3 challenges – Covid, Climate change and Conflict. I am sure this laudable initiative by Google will mitigate hunger and malnutrition in the most deprived populations.

  2. pingali pandu September 26, 2023 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    In other words google spends 2 million USD to get breeding data from IRRI

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