Our Keynote Speakers

Prof. Yuan Longping

Known as the "Father of Hybrid Rice," Prof. Yuan Longping is the first scientist to successfully alter the self-pollinating characteristics of rice, jumpstarting the large-scale production of hybrid rice.

Prof. Ebrahimali Abubacker Siddiq

The legendary Ebrahimali Abubacker Siddiq, 78, began his long and enduring rice research career in 1968 as a cytogeneticist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi, including 7 years there as a senior scientist. In 1983-86, he spent 3 years as a breeder for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Egypt. Returning to IARI, he was appointed professor of genetics (1986-87).

In late 1987, he became project director at the Directorate of Rice Research (DRR). In 1994, he assumed the position of deputy director general (crop science) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). In 2000-05, he served as a member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2005. His 35 years of research in plant breeding contributed to the development and release of high-yielding semidwarf basmati and nonbasmati varieties, which have boosted rice production in India.

Upon retirement from his regular ICAR service in 1997, ICAR named him a national professor (1997-2002). In 2002, he joined the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics of the Department of Biotechnology, in which he served as the Distinguished Chair until 2007, when he continued there as an adjunct scientist. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hyderabad and IARI and is an honorary professor of biotechnology at Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University in Hyderabad.

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About The Symposium

Enrich and widen your knowledge on hybrid rice. Learn about latest research, developments, and breakthroughs, and network with various stakeholders in the rice industry at the International Hybrid Rice Symposium 2018.

The symposium gathers hybrid rice researchers from many parts of the world, as well as experts and representatives from the public and private sectors. A quadrennial event, the Symposium serves as a platform for discussions among stakeholders on the future of hybrid rice.

Call for Participants

Interested in the science and economics of hybrid rice? Or are you simply looking to share your next big breakthrough in hybrid rice? The International Hybrid Rice Symposium 2018 is the perfect platform to see some of the best research and innovation in hybrid rice and meet like-minded people who can further your hybrid rice discovery. Register Now!

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Registration Closes by:

23 February. 2018

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Closes by:

23 December. 2017

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