World's Biggest & Most Important Rice Research Conference Opens 16-19 November 2009

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The 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium, to be opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, expects more than 700 top international scientists and researchers

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The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) announces staging of its sixth International Rice Genetics Symposium, one of the world's biggest and most important rice research conferences. More than 700 top international scientists and researchers are expected to attend this prestigious event held from 16-19 November 2009, Manila Hotel, Philippines. Adding to its scope and significance, this major event, to be opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, will be held in conjunction with the 7th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics and the Rice Annotation Project 6 (RAP6) Workshop.

The 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium comes at a key time for the international rice industry, which is under unprecedented pressure following record high prices and major production challenges. It provides an important forum for reviewing the latest advances in rice research, how recent breakthroughs could affect global food security, and in-depth discussion and exchange of information on classical genetics and genomics. "The symposium is a timely event that builds on the excitement generated by rapid advances in rice genomics and its potential benefits to food security and the international rice industry", stated Dr Robert Zeigler, Director General of the International Rice Research Institute.

This major event will showcase the latest developments in the field, including research on breeding, mapping of genes and quantitative trait loci, identification and cloning of candidate genes for biotic and abiotic stresses, gene expression, and genomic databases and mutant induction for functional genomics. Dr Julia Bailey-Serres, Professor of Genetics, Botany and Plant Sciences & Director, NSF ChemGen IGERT Program, Center for Plant Cell Biology of University of California-Riverside added, "The 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium provides the best opportunity to share experience in the efforts of improving tolerance of rice to abiotic stresses, including extremes in water availability, temperatures, and toxic minerals in soils and the air. This major rice event draws an international cohort of speakers and attendees who share a common goal in enhancing the understanding of rice biology to improve rice production for mankind. It promises an exciting view of how interactions between basic and applied scientists are affecting the livelihood of farmers in Asia and Africa." Dr Rod A. Wing, Professor University of Arizona, Director Arizona Genomics Institute reinforced, "The 6th international Rice Genetics Symposium provides me with great speaking opportunities and an excellent platform to meet and interact with the best and brightest rice researchers in the world."

Mr Adrian Lau, General Manager of the co-organizer and secretariat - IIR Special Events Group speaks with confidence, "With the series of activities, the 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium also promises abundant opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking". One key activity will be knowledge sharing workshops, chaired by leading experts, that will benefit the attendees from the in depth discussion on special topics in rice genetics. There will be an exclusive conference dinner, featuring a special program that promises abundant opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking. An exclusive field tour of IRRI in Los Baños will highlight the institute's field and laboratory experiments and guarantees a comprehensive and detailed field experience for the delegates. The exhibition showcases the latest technology and introduces potential customers to new products. It offers an international platform for great networking and market penetration opportunities within the rice industry.

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