HRDC-JAAS Hybrid Rice Breeding and Seed Production Training
2010 to 2015
One of the most important factors affecting hybrid rice application is to provide sufficient, high-quality, and affordable hybrid rice seeds to farmers. It is particularly essential in hybrid rice commercialization and in a hybrid rice R&D organization. One of the priorities listed by HRDC members is to provide the hybrid rice community with advanced and updated technologies and information on hybrid rice seed production and hybrid rice breeding.
Exclusive for HRDC members, a total of 51 participants had the privilege to attend the Hybrid Rice Breeding and Seed Production Training from 2010 to 2015. The training is implemented by JAAS (Jiangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences) and HRDC with the aim of providing technical expertise to hybrid rice researchers and those involved in hybrid rice breeding and seed production. Training courses were jointly developed by JAAS and IRRI scientists.
The objectives of the training were to:
- Provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge on methods and techniques of hybrid rice parents, hybrid seed production, and hybrid rice breeding;
- Provide the guidelines of planning, field management, and experimental techniques for developing an efficient seed production plan;
- Provide opportunities to the participants to learn new techniques and share experiences with hands-on practice in hybrid rice seed production; and
- Learn experience from hybrid rice seed producers.
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