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.

 

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A plot of a field trial for the European project GreenRice

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

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A view of a plot of the French rice breeding program

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

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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