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To strengthen the collaboration between the public and private sectors and to enhance the dissemination of hybrid rice technology, Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC) was established at the International Rice Reserach Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines in 2008 with 39 public and private organizations. By Q1 2015, the HRDC has been expanded to 76 members.  


9th HRDC Annual Meeting Presentations (March 30 to April 1, 2016) 

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  1. Mitigating abiotic stresses through breeding for yield stability (Arvind Kumar)
  2. Market research for targeted breeding (Matty Demont)
  3. How improved crop management practices can enhance genetic gains from breeding? (Sarah Beebout)
  4. Breeding for durable resistance to important fungal diseases in rice (Bo Zhou)
  5. Technologies for precision breeding at IRRI (Tobias Kretzschmar)
  6. HRDC General Report (Charisse Grace Piadozo-Arlegui)
  7. HRDC MRYT Report and Research Update (Fangming Xie)
  8. Access to HRDC materials (Remy Bitoun)
  9. HRDC Discussion (George Kotch)

Revised HRDC GUIDELINES effective April 2, 2013

For membership, contact:

Dr. Fangming Xie, Senior Scientist and HRDC Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it        or Ms. Charisse Grace P. Arlegui, Assistant Manager and HRDC Assistant Coordinator   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Modified MATERIAL TRANSFER AGREEMENT by Elsie Quaite-Randall (IRRI) effective Apr 2, 2013

HRDC Advisory Committee 2014-2017


8th HRDC Annual Meeting Presentations (March 25-27, 2015) 

  1. 3k Genome and IRIC by Nickolai Alexandrov
  2. GRiSP Phenotyping Network by Michael Dingkuhn
  3. Grain Quality Research Updates by Nese Sreenivasulu
  4. Private and Public Partnership at IRRI by Remy Bitoun
  5. Hybrid Rice in Africa by Raafat El-Namaky
  6. HRDC Hybrid Rice R&D Proposal by Fangming Xie
  7. HRDC General Report by Charisse Grace Piadozo-Arlegui
  8. HRDC MRYT Report & Research Update by Fangming Xie
  9. HRDC Guideline Revision by Remy Bitoun

7th HRDC Annual Meeting Presentations (March 18-20, 2014)


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  1. Rice Market Research by Alice Laborte
  2. IRRI's New Inbred Breeding Program by Bertrand Collard
  3. Rice grain chalk research update by Nese Sreenivasulu 
  4. Marker Lab Service for HRDC Members by Michael Thomson 
  5. HRDC General Report by Charisse Grace Arlegui
  6. HRDC MRYT Report and HRDC Research Update  by Fangming Xie
  7. Presentation & discussion: expectations from HRDC members                                        Private Sector by Dr. Ish Kumar (Rasi Seeds Ltd)

   Public Sector by Dr. Manuel Regalado (PhilRice)

2013 HRDC JAAS Hybrid Rice Seed Production Training                                                            July 1-15, 2013 at Nanchang, China


1.  BASF India - Arul Chezhian

2. BASF Hawaii - Blaise Boyle

3. BASF Brazil - Amauri Schmitt

4. IRGA - Antonio Folgiarini de Rosso 

5. VNR Seeds - Surendra Kumar 

6. PhilRice - Leonilo Gramaje

7. NARC Nepal - Sushil R. Subedi

8. IRRI - Charisse Grace Arlegui 

6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium   Click here

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The 6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium was held last 10-12 September in Hyderabad, India, gathering hybrid rice researchers, experts, scientists and representatives from the public and private sectors from around the world to discuss developments and issues on hybrid rice. The symposium created a discussion paltform that tackled the issue of increasing rice yields to adapt to the world's increasing demand for rice. Topics discussed in the symposium are Hybrid Rice Development, Hybrid Rice Seed Production, Applications of Molecular Technology, Crop and Resource Management, and Hybrid Rice Economics. The 3 day program featured keynote lectures, paper presentation sessions, workshops, field visit and hybrid rice technology exhibit.

Addressing about 450 delegates from 32 countries were China's Yuan Longping, the "Father of Hybrid Rice;" Robert Zeigler, director general of IRRI; S. Ayyappan, director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and secretary for agricultural research and education; and Ashish Bahuguna, secretary for agriculture and cooperation. 

The Symposium was opened by K. Laxminarayana, agriculture minister of Andhra Pradesh, who called upon the scientists, farmers, and political leaders present to "come forward to meet the challenges in rice production" and adopt the latest technologies to enhance productivity. 

Prof. Yuan, who is also director general of the China National Hybrid Rice R&D Centre, talked about the significant role that hybrid rice has in sustaining food security in developing countries such as China and India.

Dr. Zeigler expressed concern regarding prevailing drought conditions in Asia and other parts of the world, and the need to develop new varieties of hybrid rice that require less water. 

Mr. Bahuguna, said that there are still many issues to address related to India's food requirement inspite of the advantages of hybrid technology.

Dr. Ayyappan, said the symposium will be the "guiding force" in crafting plans for further development of hybrid rice technology. He also elaborated on capacity building programs and new initiatives.

The International Hybrid Rice Symposia are held once every four years in various parts of the rice-growing world to provide a venue for all stakeholders of hybrid rice to come together and discuss research, seed production, and development issues.  This year's event was jointly organized by IRRI and ICAR and its constituent organization, the Directorate of Rice Research in Hyderabad.   

5th International Hybrid Rice Symposium 

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Revised IRRI Intellectual Property (IP) Policy 

In a meeting on 14 November 2010, the Board of Trustees approved a revised IP Policy, taking into consideration the Institute’s goal of maximizing the delivery of its products and services to achieve the highest impact for development while at the same time being conscious of IRRI’s obligation to comply with relevant international treaties and agreements.

Click here for the Revised IRRI IP Policy 

HRDC Proposals 2010

New materials for PGRFA transfer and SMTA

A self-study course on transferring plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), developed by Yoke Sau Metz in IRRI’s Training Center, is now available online in addition to new FAQs on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) recently put on the Web site. Both are accessible here. Any comments will be gratefully received! Send them to Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton.

From the GRC: revised FAQs on the  SMTA

The GRC has recently revised its FAQs to provide answers to many of the questions it receives from people who want to obtain seed and are wondering about the implications of doing so under the Standard Material Transfer Agreement. Revised FAQs on the SMTA

Paper on Philippine Agricultural and Food Policies

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently published a paper related to the Philippine Agricultural and food policies. The report was based on the project, Poverty Implications of Special Product Treatment of Key Food Items in the Philippines, which was undertaken from March to July 2007 with research funding from the Development Research Group (Trade) of the World Bank. One of the important subjects discussed was the hybrid rice in the Philippines. IRRI’s Deputy Director for Research Achim Dobermann has commented on the paper on IRRI’s position.

Below is a link to the paper, Dr. Dobermann’s comments as well as the author’s response.



Achim Dobermann, IRRI Deputy Director General for Research, talks about HRDC

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