Tree Plantation Campaign on the occasion of 93rd Foundation day of ICAR 16th July 2021 at Indian Institute of Rice Research

ICAR-IIRR organized Tree Plantation Campaign at ICAR-IIRR Rajendranagar and ICRISAT campus on the auspicious 93rd ICAR FOUNDATION DAY - 16th July 2021 under the theme Har med par ped as a part of Bharat ka Amrut Mahotsav. The programme was started with the welcome greetings by Dr R M Kumar followed by the remarks of Dr. R M Sundaram, Director, IIRR. Dr. Sundaram planted a sapling in memory of Padmashree Prof. Radhamohan, an environmentalist and Director, Sambhav, Orissa. At ICRISAT farm Dr. L. V Subba Rao, Head, Crop Improvement did the plantation. More than 90 participants including the permanent staff and research scholars of the institute actively participated in the program and 75 trees were planted.



Virtual CRP Biofortification Progress and Planning meeting - July 5-6, 2021

The review meeting of ICAR-CRP Biofortification project was held on 05.07.2021 and 06.07.2021 from 10.30 AM to 04.00 PM through video conferencing. The meeting was coordinated by Dr. R. M. Sundaram, Director ICAR-IIRR and Coordinator, ICAR-CRP Biofortification and attended by the partner PIs and Co-PIs of centers for rice, wheat, maize, pearl millet, sorghum, small millets, NIN and NIANP. Dr. C. N. Neeraja, PI of the CRP project welcomed the participants, informed regarding the significance of the project for Bharat Poshan Abhiyan (National Nutrition Mission) and briefed the progress of the project from 2014-2021 in terms of released biofortified varieties, at the national and state levels, breeding material developed and identified QTLs and genes. Dr. R. M. Sundaram delivered opening remarks and emphasized the need of targeted research in improving cereal crops for micronutrients - iron, zinc, protein content for addressing the nation’s nutritional security. He underscored the need to take forward the genetic gains/ information from previous years to the current plan with a major focus on the commercialization of technologies/ products for the farmers and partnering with private companies. The work progress and planning were briefed center wise followed by discussions for improvement. It was highlighted that multiple nutrient varieties should be assessed for the bioavailability followed by clinical trials. Proposals were put forward for the inclusion of new centers on the basis of need for technologies, bioavailability studies and pigmented rice and wheat. Discussions for each crop regarding logistics of trials, equipment, policies and budget were made. The minutes of the meeting were noted by Dr. Haritha Bollinedi, Scientist IARI and Dr. Kalyani M. Barbadikar, Scientist ICAR-IIRR.

ICAR-IIRR released four new Rice Varieties - DRR Dhan 53, DRR Dhan 54, DRR Dhan 55 and DRR Dhan 56

Indian Institute of Rice Research (ICAR-IIRR) recently released four new rice varieties viz., DRR Dhan 53, DRR Dhan 54, DRR Dhan 55 and DRR Dhan 56 through Central Sub-committee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops vide S.O. 500(E) dt. 29th Jan 2021 [CG-DL-E-03022021-224901] suitable for different ecologies in various parts of the country.
Bacterial blight caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae is one of the severe diseases, significantly reducing yields of fine-grain type rice varieties like Samba Mahsuri. DRR Dhan 53 (IET 27294) is a novel durable bacterial blight resistant high-yielding fine-grain type rice variety having four major bacterial blight resistance genes, Xa21+xa13+xa5+Xa38 introgressed through marker assisted selection. It has seed to seed maturity of 130-135 days and average yield of 5.50 t/ ha and possesses medium-slender grain type with very good HRR (58.4%) and desirable grain quality traits. The variety has semi-dwarf stature and non-lodging habit, with long deflexed panicles which are completely exerted (100% exertion). The variety has been released for cultivation in irrigated and bacterial blight endemic areas of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Water availability is a serious constraint owing to the dwindling water resources across the country. Need of the day is to develop rice varieties suitable for growing under water limiting conditions. ICAR-IIRR developed two new high yielding rice varieties DRR Dhan 54 and DRR Dhan 55 which can be grown under aerobic system of cultivation under dry direct seeded rice in water limiting areas.
Under aerobic conditions in multi-location testing of All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project (AICRIP), DRR Dhan 54 (IET 25653) and DRR Dhan 55 (IET 26194) were top ranking entries on overall basis in multiple zones with an average yield of 5-5.5 kg/ha, wider adaptability and yield stability. DRR Dhan 54 was released for aerobic system of cultivation in water limiting areas of Zone II (Haryana), III (Odisha, Bihar and Jharkand), VI (Gujarat) and VII (Telangana) while DRR Dhan 55 is suitable for cultivation in Zone III (Bihar) and Zone V (Chhattisgarh). Both aerobic cultivars are non-lodging with strong and sturdy culm, long panicles and seed to seed duration of 115-120 days. They have multiple pest and disease resistance for major insect pests and diseases such as leaf blast, neck blast, Gallmidge and rice thrips and moderate resistance to plant hoppers and stem borer and desirable grain quality traits in terms of high HRR% (65.3%), intermediate AC% (22.58%) and soft gel consistency.

DRR Dhan 56 (IET 26803), an early duration variety with long slender grains was developed from the cross between Huang-Hua-Zhan*2/Phalguna as a part of ‘Green Super Rice (GSR) for the Resource-Poor of Africa and Asia- Phase III’ a collaborative project between ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad and International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. This variety is tall erect, highly vigorous, non-lodging, non-shattering and dark green in colour. The plant comes to flowering within 89 days, plants are 102 cm tall and it produces good biomass and has long panicles. It has high head rice recovery (64.1%) and desirable intermediate amylose content (23.15%). It is resistant to leaf blast and false smut, moderately resistant to Bacterial leaf blight and tolerant to stem borer. The variety has been released for cultivation in irrigated conditions of Punjab and Haryana.

Dr Raman Meenakshi Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR mentioned that these new rice varieties would stabilize rice production in the country and congratulated the team of Scientists involved in the development and release.  

Virtual 7th International Day of Yoga - 21 June, 2021

7th International Day of Yoga, IIRR

ICAR-IIRR organized a special Virtual gathering to celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga on 21 June from 2:30 PM on an online platform. More than 65 participants including the permanent staffs, AICRIP scientists and research scholars of the institute attended the function.

The meeting was started with the welcome greetings by Dr R M Kumar followed by remarks by Dr. R M Sundaram, Director, IIRR. In his introductory remarks, Dr Sundaram briefly enlightened the different types of Yoga and their benefits in our life and their need in the present context.
Dr Jyothi Badri presented the formal introduction of the Chief Guest Ms Deepti Mantri, Founder of Yogashala.

She elaborated on the overall benefit of practicing Yoga in daily life. This is followed by a demonstration of several simple Yoga techniques (Sukshma Vyayam) helpful for relieving physical and mental strain and stress by Ms Deepti Mantri.

Introduction By Director, IIRR Participants of the Program
Demonstration by  Yoga Master  

The staff members of IIRR informed that they are indeed inspired and promised to continue the practices for the personal benefit and also benefit of the society.

The virtual meeting and demonstration ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Suneeta Kota.