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Crop Research

Rice is the lifeline of Asia. However, climate change and an ever-expanding (Courtesy of IRRI)(Courtesy of IRRI)population threaten food security not only in the region but elsewhere in the world.
Crop Research
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The main objective of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines is to help farmers improve their yields and thus sustain their livelihoods – a mission that calls for joint efforts across the globe and for high-performance networks, such as TEIN3, to facilitate data-intensive collaborative research. For instance, IRRI scientists join forces with their colleagues in other parts of the world to develop resilient, “climate-proof” crop varieties, a collaboration that requires the exchange of vast genomic datasets as well as the transfer of high-resolution geographic information system (GIS) data for vegetation analysis and yield forecast.