IRRI taps Intertek to advance global rice breeding effort
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has partnered with Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider, to advance the rice breeding effort of the agency.
IRRI said the agreement with Intertek will enable broader distribution and active use of the agency’s DNA markers for marker-assisted rice breeding programs (both public and private sector programs). The same DNA markers can be used for quality control, along the rice value chain.
This agreement will also boost IRRI’s own breeding programs, as Intertek agreed to provide a volume of sample analysis free of charge to IRRI.
“The cooperation between IRRI and Intertek will allow rice breeders and consumers all over the world to access low density DNA markers to screen for high value traits, including new tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses,” said Patrick Stolt, Intertek Global Product Line Leader.
“IRRI’s groundbreaking and comprehensive R&D work will allow Intertek labs in India, Australia, and Sweden to serve customers both on a global and local level by providing low-cost and fast-turnaround genotyping services,” he added.
This agreement between IRRI Tech and Intertek is non-exclusive.