National Scientist Bienvenido Juliano dies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:56 PM

'His important research activities in collaboration with scientists in related disciplines had produced socio-economic impact among the rice-eating countries of the world,' says the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. National Scientist Bienvenido O. Juliano  was known for his contributions to the chemistry and technology of rice and rice food products. Photo courtesy of NAST, PHL

India's Modi opens resilient rice laboratory in the Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Manila for the 31st ASEAN Summit, also visits the International Rice Research Institute in Laguna

RICE VARIETIES. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks at rice varieties being developed by the IRRI. Photo from Narendra Modi's Twitter page

Scientists look into rice that can tolerate salty conditions

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:03 AM

A team of researchers led by prominent Filipino American scientist Michael Purugganan will study the response of rice in saline soil conditions under a 4 year US 4 million grant from the US National Science Foundation

Farmers collects rice for the winter-spring crop on a field in the outskirts of Hanoi on March 2, 2016. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Use of data and technology to solve food security issues - experts

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Experts say getting politicians to understand data and technology will help them implement evidence based policies that will benefit the people

File photo by Rappler

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Feb 15, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity

AGRICULTURAL TREASURES. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Rice self-sufficiency: A question of geography?

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Being on the mainland or an island plays a major role in a country s rice production

GEOGRAPHY. Southeast Asia's diverse geography also produces differences in rice production. Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

World's first global standard for sustainable rice launched in PH

Oct 27, 2015 - 12:31 PM

The Sustainable Rice Platform Standard aims to promote farmer friendly pro environment and pro consumer rice through a scoring system with 46 requirements

ESSENTIAL GRAIN. More than half of humanity depends on rice for 20% or more of their calorie intake

PH national scientist Benito Vergara dies

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Vergara who was named National Scientist in 2001 for his contribution on rice research dies at the age of 81

RICE RESEARCH. In a photo taken in 1991, Benito Vergara is seen conducting a study on a rice field. Photo from Vergara's Flickr page

Rice price hike, 'job misery' major causes of hunger in PH

Sep 23, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Data show a very slow reduction in hunger incidence in the last 5 years despite the country experiencing respectable growth in GDP

A study conducted by the University of the Philippines School of Statistics notes that the rise in the price of rice mostly affects the poorest 30% of Filipinos. Photo from Shutterstock

Bill Gates deputy visits PH for rice research updates

Apr 08, 2015 - 4:32 PM

2nd UPDATE Pamela Anderson a director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been meeting with IRRI officials but reports say the world s richest man himself also visited

DA to roll out ‘Green Super Rice’

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The agriculture department will roll out a program distributing the newly approved rice breed along with hybrid rice and certified inbred seeds to help farmers hit record harvests

Giving Filipinos the choice of safe and nutritious food

Mar 07, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Proper labeling of products with genetically modified organisms should be mandatory in the Philippines to give consumers a chance to choose safe food a consumers rights group says

Top PH biologist: Tech, data help us understand species better

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:55 AM

New York University dean for science Michael Purugganan talks about mapping genes and genomes and shares insights about evolution and how it helps us understand the world

New York University (NYU) dean for science Michael Purugganan. File photo by Shaira Panela

Climate-ready rice lab to rise in Laguna

Jan 27, 2015 - 6:02 PM

Poised to become one of the most modern research facilities in the world it will help scientists prepare rice for climate change

NEW FACILITY. The Lloyd T Evans Plant Growth Facility will feature the latest technology to help scientists make rice ready for the worst of climate change. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler Pia Ranada

PH rice supply enough for 3 months

Jan 16, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The overall uptrend is attributed to higher domestic production and adequate bulk importation from Vietnam and Thailand says the Philippine Statistics Authority

SUPPLY CHECK. Keeping the rice supply in check is crucial because it tames the grain’s retail price in the market. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

World's next 'miracle' rice could be grown in PH

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:30 AM

C4 rice could be the rice that will save humanity from famine induced by global warming Scientists leading its development are working from Los Baños Laguna

3 types of rice ready for climate change

Nov 25, 2014 - 8:02 AM

New types of rice can survive drought floods and salt water intrusion – all impacts of climate change

Food security amid a changing climate

Nov 02, 2014 - 1:52 PM

A resilient agricultural sector is needed to ensure food security in a country threatened by climate change

Rape suspect arrested, but UPLB community still doesn't feel safe

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:33 PM

The Laguna police has arrested the tricycle driver who allegedly raped a University of the Philippines student but students and residents remain apprehensive

ASSAULT. The alleged suspect is the tricycle driver who picked up the student outside the campus. Photo from Wikimedia

Preserving the tradition of heirloom rice in the Cordilleras

Oct 04, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The Heirloom Rice Project of IRRI seeks to pass on the tradition from generation to generation

Empowering farmers against climate change

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:09 PM

With the looming effects of climate change it is important that the hardest hit sector is secure

The long, slow march of 'biofortified' genetically modified food

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Research into biofortified food has looked at boosting levels of important micronutrients in rice banana cassava and corn but progress has also been slow

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

Rice 'app' saves flooded farms

May 28, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Through climate smart varieties a scientist says rice will be the entry point to escape from poverty

FARMERS' LOSSES. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PH food wastage: Think twice before wasting your meal

Mar 20, 2014 - 6:12 PM

There is enough food in the world for everyone but one third of all food is wasted globally

FOOD LOSS. Among developing countries like the Philippines, food loss occurs even before consumption. Food is already lost during the production and postharvest stages. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

How climate change threatens our food security

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

As the world becomes warmer in the coming years Philippine agriculture will face greater challenges

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Miriam: PH should have female president in 2016

Mar 11, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes more women elected into public office would mean less corruption

2016. Senator Miriam Santiago says a woman should be elected Philippine president in 2016. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

PH agriculture: Why is it important?

Mar 07, 2014 - 9:05 AM

Why is agriculture important for the future and food security of the Philippines?

AGRICULTURE. The Philippines can better address its food security and nutrition issues if the agriculture sector is further improved. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

IRRI experts discover 'wonder' rice gene

Dec 03, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Preliminary tests show that yields of modern long grain indica rice varieties can rise by 13 36 when infused with the so called SPIKE gene

NEW VARIETY. Dr. Tsutomu Ishimaru of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is introducing the SPIKE gene into new rice varieties to boost yield. Image courtesy of IRRI

IRRI to give 'flood-tolerant' rice to Haiyan-stricken farmers

Nov 14, 2013 - 4:19 PM

Rice that can survive floods may help rice producing areas hit by Yolanda get back on their feet

CLIMATE-RESILIENT RICE? Should all Filipino farmers plant rice varieties resilient to the impacts of climate change? Photo from the International Rice Research Institute

Golden rice to be launched in PH in 2016

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:22 PM

In 2016 the controversial genetically modified rice may be distributed to farmers say researchers

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

Golden Rice: The next GMO battleground

Oct 05, 2013 - 7:21 PM

Now at the 4th level of testing Golden Rice is seen as the last barrier to wide acceptance of GMOs

STANDING UP FOR GOLDEN RICE. Pro-GMO scientist Wayne Parrot holds up a jar of conventional rice on one hand and a jar of Golden Rice on the other. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Science wRap: 'Golden rice', Curiosity, lab-grown burgers

Aug 10, 2013 - 5:05 PM

The battle over genetically modified rice Curiosity celebrates one earth year on Mars Henrietta Lacks and electric buses

Salt-tolerant rice bred at rice institute

Apr 16, 2013 - 4:25 PM

IRRI has bred a new rice line that can expel salt it takes from the soil into the air through salt glands it has on its leaves

AFP file photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

Researchers find gene that can raise rice harvest

Aug 30, 2012 - 11:22 AM

Researchers find gene that can raise rise harvest

The two rice plant rows on the left are bigger and growing much better – they have the PSTOL1 gene, whereas the two rice plant rows on the right do not have the PSTOL1 gene and they look smaller. Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).