International Rice Genetics Symposium 2009 at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel

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International Rice Genetics Symposium 2009 at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel


Over 700 top international scientists and researchers from around 40 countries gather today for the Sixth International Rice Genetics Symposium at the historic landmark Manila Hotel.Considered one of the world’s biggest and most important rice research conferences, this event will be opened by Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. It has drawn an international cohort of speakers and participants who share a common goal in enhancing the understanding of rice biology to improve rice production for the world’s population.The four-day event, which is also held in conjunction with the Seventh International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics and the Rice Annotation Project (RAP) 6 Workshop, “builds on the excitement generated by rapid advances in rice genomics and its potential benefits to food security and the international rice industry.”The symposium comes at a critical time when the local rice producers have suffered a blow from the recent chain of typhoons and the international rice industry is confronted by unprecedented pressure caused by record high prices and major production challenges.The gathering of international experts promises to provide the best opportunity to share experiences in the efforts to improve the tolerance of rice to abiotic stresses, including extremes in water availability, temperatures, and toxic minerals in soils and the air. …

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