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IRRI developing smart rice varieties that withstand climate change effects
01:36:10 PM | Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Author: Diego Mora

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LOS BAÑOS, Laguna - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) says among the rice varieties being developed are those designed to withstand climate stress, thus contributing to improved productivity and the quest to reduce poverty as well.

Dr. Abdelbagi Ismail, principal scientist, plant physiologist and overall project leader for the Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project, said the basic problem is that rice is grown everywhere and in varying climatic and soil conditions, including those that have high-salt or high-iron concentration.

Ismail said the problems related to dry and wet seasons have become more severe because of climate change, which causes more intense typhoons to hit the tropics, makes the sea level rise and pushes salinity to seep further inland.

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