NARO-MARCO Symposium 2018

Updated:December 12, 2017 (Tuesday)

NARO-MARCO Symposium 2018 on
MINCERnet: Multi-site monitoring network
to cope with the heat stress of rice
under climate change

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Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world population. The projected global warming is expected to substantially reduce rice yield due to heat-induced spikelet sterility (HISS) particularly in hot and vulnerable rice-growing regions. Therefore, understanding the occurrence of HISS has become an urgent issue that should be dealt with accordingly to advance efforts towards adaptation to global warming. Generally, however, the environmental data in crop field such as canopy micrometeorology directly related with HISS are lacking or missing globally, which may cause the incorrect understanding of the current situation and the incorrect evaluation of the effectiveness of adaptation measures.

To overcome this situation, we established a network for monitoring the rice canopy thermal environment in paddy fields and for collecting other crop data (MINCERnet) and have started a new phase of research focusing on the genetic adaptation to climate change and the elucidation of the mechanism of multiple stresses.

In this symposium, the MINCERnet collaborators will give presentations on the current status of the canopy thermal environment monitoring and various perspectives on HISS. There will be discussions on ongoing and future research plans, and collaborative strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of promising adaptation measures such as introducing heat tolerant varieties and heat avoidance due to early-morning flowering trait among varied climates.

This monitoring network research is supported by the Global Environmental Research Fund from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI Grant Number 15H02650.

Date and Venue

January 26, 2018
Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba), Conference Room 202
2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0032, Japan


Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO (NIAES)


Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)

Supported by

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, MAFF
Society of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan
Crop Science Society of Japan

Program (Tentative)

9:30 Opening address
Tokio Imbe (President, NARO)
9:45 Rationalization of MINCERnet
Mayumi Yoshimoto (NIAES, Japan)
Minehiko Fukuoka (ABIC/NARO, Japan)
Various thermal environment of rice paddy and heat induced spikelet sterility
10:15 Lower-than-expected spikelet sterility of rice under extremely hot conditions in a paddy field in New South Wales, Australia
Tsutomu Matsui (Gifu University, Japan)
10:45 Heat-induced floret sterility of rice under humid and low wind conditions in the field of Jianghan Basin, China
Xiaohai Tian (Yangtze University, China)
11:15 High nighttime temperatures in the southern U.S. and the effects on rice fertility
Lee Tarpley (Texas AgriLife Research, USA)
11:45 - 13:15 Lunch break
Adaptation strategies for rice heat stress and a new phase of MINCERnet
13:15 Current situation of heat-induced sterility in the Philippines and field screening for high temperature tolerance breeding
Norvie L. Manigbas (Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippines)
13:45 Flower opening time in rice has wide genetic diversity related with geographic origin and responds to meteorological factors
Kazuhiro Kobayasi (Shimane University, Japan)
14:15 Heat-induced sterility of rice in tropical regions and early-morning flowering (EMF) trait to mitigate heat stress damage
Tsutomu Ishimaru (CARC/NARO, Japan)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee/Tea break
Application of MINCERnet for rice yield impacts research of multiple environmental stress under water resource fluctuation in the future
15:15 Impact of drought and temperature stress on rice in Sri Lanka
WMW. Weerakoon and Silva Chandradasa (Field Crops Research and Development Institute, Sri Lanka)
15:45 Effect of water stresses and silica fertilization on heat stress and production of rice in West Africa
Yasuhiro Tsujimoto (JIRCAS) and Wilson Dogbe (SARI-CSIR, Ghana)
16:15 General Discussion
16:45 Closing Address
Kazuo Nakajima (Program Director, JIRCAS)


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