STAR SCIENCE By Ben O. de Lumen, Ph.D. (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2013 – 12:00am Throughout world history, humans have succeeded in improving plants and animals as food sources. Plant breeders have incorporated desirable characteristics such as improved harvest yields, higher nutritional quality, more desirable color and flavor, and increased resistance to pests and diseases. These improved varieties are products of careful selection of parents and crossing […]

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Access to farming information is now taking a new trend as modern technology plays pivotal roles in reaching Filipino farmers. According to Dr. Ronan G. Zagado, development communicator at PhilRice, use of short message service (SMS) allows an alternate and easier route for farmers in obtaining agricultural information. Zagado explained that aside from being a social communication medium, SMS is also used massively in agriculture. “The PhilRice Text Center (PTC) […]

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Comprising about 19% of the total labor cost in rice production, there, indeed, is a pressing need to look for new ways of doing land preparation.  The Reduced Tillage Technology (RTT) is an alternative system of land preparation for irrigated areas where plowing is not applied. Rice stubbles, weeds, and the scattered rice straws are pressed two to three times using the hand tractor’s paddy wheels attached with riding-type leveler […]

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Science City of Muñoz – Researchers from PhilRice are exploring a new way of analyzing rice leaf nitrogen. A study titled Rapid estimation of rice leaf nitrogen contents using low-cost visible-near-infrared (Vis-NIR) Spectroscopy, aims to develop and evaluate the performance of a visible-NIR spectroscopy technology to estimate the leaf nitrogen contents of some Philippine irrigated lowland rice cultivars. Spectroscopic analysis is being used in the United States and Australia to […]

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Public and private sectors are preparing for the search for RICEponsible champions, an initiative that encourages the national and local sectors to promote non-wastage of rice and consumption of healthier forms of rice in their communities. With about P10M at stake, the search is open to government offices, local government units, and learning institutions. “We intend to join in this competition not just for the prize, but because we believe […]

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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