This workshop aims to exchange knowledge on the recent advancement in rice blast research and other experiences related to the field.
Type of activity: Workshop
Date & venue: September 18, Videoconference
Co-organizer: Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Blast (Pyricularia oryzae Cavara) is one of the most serious diseases in all cultivating areas of rice (Oryza sativa L.) from temperate to tropical countries. It can be estimated to cause damage equivalent to 2 billion US$ (1% of rice production) annually. JIRCAS has led “Rice Blast Research Network” for years and accumulated important knowledge to tackle with this complex issue to assure stable production and environmentally friendly agricul-ture at the same time. Recently, a wide range of molecular studies identified some pathogenic mechanisms, however, technologies which are not yet widely applicable are not sufficiently studied. This workshop will en-courage practical technology development based on the scientific results accumulated so far, through discus-sions among scientists as well as practitioners. This proposal is directly connected to theme 4: ‘Environmen-tally friendly technologies’ of the FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan. It also fits well for the mandates of organizers, considering global/trans-boundary nature of this issue.
• To exchange knowledge on the recent advancement in rice blast research and experiences of its field.
• To apply strong emphasis on the effective control of the disease.
• To strengthen international cooperation towards the development of effective and applicable technologies to deal with rice blast.
• To suggest future directions in rice blast research and the roles of public and private entities towards the effective control of the disease.
• Maximum of 12 speakers including researchers and practitioners from partner institutions and countries in the region as well as from international organizations.