General Programme

International Temperate Rice Conference will take place February 9-12, 2020.
Detailed Conference programme coming soon.

Conference Programme

Opening session: The 10 Billion Challenge
Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Wyn Ellis – Sustainable Rice Platform – UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office, Thailand





Precision Breeding/New Breeding Techniques

Uruguayan rice: after 50 years of breeding, what is next?

Dr. Fernando Perez de Vida

Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA),

Rice biotechnology in Southern Brazil

Dr. Antonio Costa Oliveira

Crop breeding department, Faculty of Agronomy, Capão do Leão-RS, Brazil

Evolution and Genomics of Weediness Traits of Rice Weeds

Dr. Aldo Merotto / Dr. Longjiang Fan

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre,
Institute of Crop Science, Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang University,

Agriculture 4.0 – Digital revolution in agriculture

How digital farming is revolutionizing the future of food

Dr. Paulo Hermann

President at John Deere Brazil
Vice President, A&T Sales & Marketing Latin America, Latin America Regional Office

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Agriculture: Perspective of Platform, Control, and Applications

Dr. Lúcio André de Castro Jorge

Embrapa Instrumentation

From biotechnology to big data: a path to sustainable and intelligent agriculture

Dr. Stanley Robson de Medeiros Oliveira

Embrapa Agricultural Informatics

Sustainable intensification of rice production

Initiatives for sustainable intensification of rice production in temperate zones

Regional representatives:
Dr. Bruce Linquist – North America View Mini CV
Dr. William Wyn Ellis – Asia View Mini CV
Dr. Francesco Vidotto – Europe View Mini CV
Dr. José Terra – South America View Mini CV

Dr. B. Linquist: University of California, Davis, USA
Dr. W. Wyn Ellis: UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office, Thailand
Dr. F. Vidotto: Università Degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Dr. J. Terra: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Uruguay

Moderator: To be assigned TBA

Dr. Bruce Linquist - University of California, Davis, USA

Dr. Bruce Linquist is an agronomist with a Ph.D. in Agro-ecology from the University of California, Davis. He has been working in rice systems for over 20 years. He worked for eight years with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on both lowland and upland rice systems in Southeast Asia.

He returned to the University of California in Davis in 2005, where he has continued his research on rice systems. His research focuses on a wide range of issues designed to ensure the sustainability of rice systems and develop tools to help farmers manage them effectively.

Various aspects of research include: developing more efficient nutrient management systems, quantification and mitigation of GHG emissions, reducing water use, improving water quality, reducing heavy metal uptake, crop modeling, yield gap analysis, and varietal adaptation.

Dr. Apichart Vanavichit - Kasetsart University - Thailand

Apichart Vanavichit is Professor of Plant Breeding and Genomics, who devotes himself as a pioneer in rice molecular breeding. He has gained a Ph.D. in Crop Science and become the Director of Rice Science Center. He was the lead Thai scientist in the team that sequenced the rice genome with 9 other nations.

His centers have led in the discovery of and owning patents on genes controlling2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (aromatic gene) in rice. Significant outcomes from his centers are new nutrient-dense, environmental-friendly rice varieties for organic farming.

Successful nutrient-dense cultivars are Riceberry, the soft-texture, dark purple whole grain rice, and the low GI rice, Pinkaset+4. His final research debut is to find the genetic mechanism to explain how useful QTLs were induced by fast neutron irradiation with more genetic variation in rice cultivars.

Dr. Francesco Vidotto - Università Degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Prof. Francesco Vidotto is an agronomist and teaches Weed Science, Crop Science and Agronomy and at the University of Torino, Italy.

He heads the Sustainable Weed Management research team at DISAFA department of the same University and has experience in the area of the weed eco-biology sustainable weed management, herbicide fate in water and soil, environmental effects of weed management in different cropping systems, particularly in rice, herbicide resistance and management of invasive alien species.

It is involved as scientific partner in different research projects regarding the application of innovative rice farming techniques, such as mechanical rice transplanting, sub-irrigation, plastic and green mulching in Italian organic rice production.

Dr. William Wyn Ellis

Dr Wyn Ellis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Rice Platform, a global multi-stakeholder partnership comprising over 100 institutional members, convened by UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute, together with private sector, research and civil society partners. SRP works towards rice sector transformation through wide-scale adoption of climate-smart, sustainable best practices by rice smallholders.

Dr Ellis has spent most of his 40-year career in Asia, working on agricultural development and agro-innovation with UN agencies, ADB, FAO, private companies, governments, universities, NGOs and industry bodies. He graduated from Oxford University with a M.A. in Agricultural & Forest Sciences and followed up with an M.Sc. in Tropical Agricultural Development from the University of Reading and a Ph.D. in Innovation Management at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Dr. José Terra

José A. Terra is a research agronomist and soil scientist at the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) in Uruguay with a Ph.D. in Agronomy and Soils in Auburn University and the ars-USDA in AL-USA (2004). He is the director of the National Research Program in Rice Production since 2018. Previously, between 2010-2017, he was the director of the National Research Program of Environmental Sustainability at the same institute.

His research interest and work include soil and water management and conservation; soil and crop spatial variability; soil management practices and landscape attributes interactions effects on crop productivity and soil quality indicators; C and N dynamics in agricultural systems, particularly soil C sequestration and N dynamics in crop-pasture rotation systems.





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