Biotech Updates

Africa Rice Center Scientist Wins Award

November 25, 2011

A scientist from the Africa Rice Center in Cotonou, Benin, received the 2011 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers for spearheading the development of integrated weed management strategies for resource-poor rice farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Dr. Jonne Rodenbug, a Dutch national, was able to identify effective genetic mechanisms to achieve resistance against the most important parasitic weeds in rain-fed rice systems and a number of highly resistant and tolerant varieties for immediate use in farmers' fields.

"The results of his research on resistance of rice varieties to parasitic weeds will be very useful for rice breeding programs," said Dr. Marco Wopereis, AfricaRice Deputy Director General, Research for Development. "If resource-poor farmers can fight against such weeds through their choice of seed – that would be a major breakthrough because to date only crop management approaches are available to combat these weeds."

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