April 1 Dr. Shannon Pinson consulted with Dr. David Hole, Utah State University in Logan, UT on rice germplasm to use to investigate cold tolerance.
April 2 Dr. Anna McClung met with Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe of the Membrane Science, Engineering, and Technology Center and Jerry Adams of the Arkansas Research Alliance, to discuss research needs of the US rice industry.
April 4 Drs. Anna McClung and Ming-Hsuan Chen were contacted by Dr. Scott Aker, Head of Horticulture, U.S. National Arboretum at Washington, DC to participate in the Grass Roots Exhibit, which has a part of the program featuring grasses that are agronomic crops. Rice seed of a cultivar that has colored bran and potential health beneficial properties will be provided for the outdoor exhibit.
April 4 Drs. David Gealy and Anna McClung hosted 24 community leaders from across the state of Arkansas that are participating in the Lead AR professional development program. An overview of research conducted at the DBNRRC was presented as well as a tour of the lab facilities.
April 9 Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Sally Mackenzie, University of Nebraska, on a collaborative project involved in assessing traits associated with biotic stress response and enhanced vigor in rice.
April 11 Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Bo Zhou, Plant Pathologist of International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines, on developing a novel method to detect genes of the rice blast fungus.
April 12 Drs. Pinson, Gealy & Eizenga hosted three teachers and 13 students from Silverton Public High School in Silverton, CO. The students visited the DBNRRC as part of the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound program used in this small and isolated school district. The objective of the visit was to give the students an opportunity to learn more about agriculture, rice production, and transgenic research in rice and other crops. The students also learned about rice genomics and breeding, genetic diversity, disease testing, and gene flow on their tour at the DBNRRC.
April 13 Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Chong-Yun Fu of the Rice Research Institute, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS), China on a collaboration to study global warming effects on plant-pathogen interactions.
April 22-24 Researchers from Cornell University that are collaborators on a National Science Foundation grant with Drs. Georgia Eizenga and Anna McClung met at DBNRRC to conduct an annual review of the grant entitled “Exploring the genetic basis for transgressive segregation in rice”. Updates on various aspects of the research project were discussed along with education efforts via National Public Radio spots and outreach to rice producers in the Northeastern USA.
April 24-25 Dr. Anna McClung was an invited speaker at the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation meeting held at the Clemson Coastal Research and Extension Center in Charleston, SC. She presented results of organic rice production research that is part of a Southern SARE grant in collaboration with Drs. Fugen Dou and Xin-Gen Zhou of Texas Agrilife, Beaumont, TX.
During the month of April, 3 DBNRRC staff members provided 10 hours of tutoring to students at Phillips Community College in Stuttgart, AR.
During the month of April, 830 rice accessions from the Genetics Stocks Oryza (GSOR) collection were distributed to researchers in the USA, Italy, and Spain.