The most significant achievement of the year was the thorough testing and the eventual naming of a rice variety by the Institute. From mid-1965 through...

A former agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) looks back at his long and productive career. (Photos by Isagani Serrano, IRRI)...

Self-financed farmer cooperatives are a viable strategy to increase irrigated rice area to attain a national yield average of six tons per hectare. ...

It was 50 years ago this 28 November that the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) released a rice variety, under the nondescript name IR8. However,...

Dr. Robert Chandler was appointed by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations to be IRRI’s first director general and charged with a mission to develop...

This year, 2016, IRRI is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of IR8, the first semidwarf rice variety that changed agriculture across Asia,...

A quantitative trait locus, or QTL, is an incredibly small section of the DNA that, in the hands of critical-thinking scientists, has the potential to...

A while back, I read an interesting story extolling the merits of the new flood-tolerant rice, Swarna-Sub1, in the newsletter of the Stress-Tolerant Rice...

A seed of rice that could transform the developing world saved Asha Ram Pal’s farm in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the summer of 2008. Mr. Pal...

Upland rice in Bae Kan, North Vietnam. (Photo: IRRI) Just south of Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, the great Mekong River meets the South China...