By: Cecile Grenier

On March 20th to 22nd, a meeting was held at Embrapa Rice and Beans Research Center (CNPAF) in Goiania, Brazil, to strengthen the rice breeding alliance among CIAT, Cirad and Embrapa. Scientists from these three institutions highlighted the advances made in rice breeding, molecular breeding, application of recurrent selection and phenotyping and discussed the next steps to strengthen collaboration among them. FLAR representative was invited and attended the event to better understand the alliance and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

The three institutions made commitments* to enrich the Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) established in 2014, which aimed at strengthening collaboration towards germplasm and methodologies exchange and to widen the impact of rice variety development to Latin America.

*Some of the commitments made during the meeting: training course on recurrent selection for LAC in 2018, regional workshop on blast in LAC in 2017, standardization of data bases, approaches for sharing evaluation sites and germplasm checks, standardization of databases, updated tools available for molecular breeding…

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