Temperate Rice Research Consortium
To overcome production constraints through collective research efforts, the first planning meeting of the Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) was organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Suwon, Korea, on 2-3 May 2007 with the participation of scientists from 12 temperate rice-growing countries (Planning Meeting photo).
The issues on temperate rice improvement include both biotic and abiotic stresses, yield potential, grain quality and nutrition, and water and nutrient management. It is recognized that the best possible solution to remove these constraints is through a consortium approach.
The consortium is a group of 18 national and international institutions formally organized to collaborate in research, training, and technology-generation activities designed to meet mutually agreed upon objectives. The TRRC was established, and using networks to connect scientists from different participating institutions with different expertise to form multidisciplinary teams and to share resources. It aims to:
- provide an international platform and mechanism that supports research and strengthens the partnership to promote application of suitable technologies and information to improve sustainable rice production
serve as a platform for identifying and prioritizing concerns of temperate rice research in temperate environments and high-altitute areas in the tropics that generate international/regional public goods for improving rural livelihood
provide logistical support and to coordinate NARES-IRRI-ARI strategic research collaboration
promote resource sharing and information exchange among partners
The IRRI-Korea Office (IKO) is the Coordinating Unit for TRRC. Coordinating Unit provides TRRC with coordination, logistical and secretarial support.
For further information, see temperate rice.