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International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Overview

Genebank IRRI PHL001

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a non-profit independent rice research and training organization. The genebank at IRRI has the largest collection of rice in the world.

Mission

The mission of IRRI is to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships, and the strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems.

Rice improvement

IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. IRRI works with its public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Social and economic research at IRRI also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice. The genebank collection continues to grow in size and usage, with more than 181,000 samples shipped to 65 countries over the last 5 years.

Crop trust support

The Crop Trust provides a long-term grant for the conservation of the international collection of rice at IRRI in the Philippines.

Information from the CGIAR

The crops conserved at IRRI

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Rice

Number of varieties available to the public
94.2% 120,131
Data available in genesys
85.5% 109,113
Safety duplicated
91.2% 116,294

Breakdown of crops conserved at IRRI

  • Rice 127,577 / 100%