On September 7th, the Centre Français du Riz organised its yearly open field day, named Prémices du Riz. A hundred of French rice growers and professionals of the sector attended this event. After a presentation of the rice crop season, the varieties, and the ongoing field trials and projects (GreenRice, NEURICE), a formal partnership agreement between the Centre Français du Riz and Arvalis (the French arable crops R&D institute) was signed by Bertrand Mazel, President of the Centre Français du Riz, and Jacques Mathieu, General Manager of Arvalis.



A plot of a field trial for the European project GreenRice


The agronomist Cyrille Thomas presented a mating disruption field trial to control rice borer (Chilo suppressalis) populations


A view of a plot of the French rice breeding program


The rice biologist and breeder Arnaud Boisnard presented the European Horizon H2020 NEURICE project to French rice farmers


Bertrand Mazel (President of Centre Français du Riz and of the French rice grower union) and Jacques Mathieu (General Director of the French arable crops R&D institute Arvalis) before the signature of a partnership agreement between Centre Français du Riz and Arvalis